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Legislative Program Evaluation in the American States



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Legislative Program Evaluation in the American States John Risley Western Michigan University Background Basis of knowledge of state LPE Henry and Mark 2003 Performance Audits and Evaluations What are the states doing Research concerning evaluation Metaevaluation one of six areas Funkhouser 2005 Examination of performance audit content Difference in audit unit structures State LPE Units John Risley March 13 2007 LPE Literature Growth survey description of units Growth of units Characteristics of staff Organizational structure Limited review of evaluations and audits conducted Case studies Review of multiple reports State LPE Units John Risley March 13 2007 Metaevaluation Literature Metaevaluation theory Extensive metaevaluation Limited metaevaluation Use of standards and Guiding Principles Metaevaluation of multiple reports Standards based criteria Limited classification met unmet State LPE Units John Risley March 13 2007 Metaevaluation Literature Multiple Studies Year Number of Reports Random Sample Relied Solely on Reports Bollen Paxon Morishima 2005 25 No Yes None Chatterji 2005 4 No No Interviewed evaluator reviewed documents Cooksy Caracelli 2005 87 No Yes None Leeuw Cooksy 2005 3 No Yes None Kruse 2005 200 No Yes None Scott Little Haman Jurs 2002 23 No Yes None Bickman 1997 56 No Yes None Forss Carlsson 1997 277 No Yes None Hoogerwerf 1992 15 Yes Yes None Larson et al 1979 200 No Yes None Author s Other Data Examined State LPE Units John Risley March 13 2007 Methodology LPE Units and Reports LPE units selected LPE units under legislative control NLPES members Search of states and statutes for others Reports Other than strictly financial audits Classification issues State LPE Units John Risley March 13 2007 Methodology Metaevaluation Criteria Combination of GAGAS for performance auditing PES and KEC Concise criteria with three ratings met partially met and failed to meet Recognition of limitations Limited information in reports Limited ability for confirmation



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