Federal Programs Supporting Educational Change

Vol. II, Factors Affecting Change Agent Projects

by Paul Berman, Edward Pauly

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Abstract

The second volume in a series of reports, sponsored by the U.S. Office of Education, on federally funded (change agent) programs designed to introduce and spread innovative practices in public schools. This report presents the interim results of an exploratory statistical analysis of a survey of a national sample of 293 change agent projects in 18 states funded by the following federal demonstration programs: Title III, ESEA; Vocational Education, 1968 Amendments, Part D, Exemplary Programs; Title VII, ESEA, Bilingual Education; and Right-To-Read. The study addresses three research questions: (1) To what extent did differences among the federal programs explain variations in the implementation and continuation of innovative projects? (2) Which characteristics of innovative projects significantly affected their implementation and continuation? (3) Were differences in institutional settings related to variations in project implementation and continuation, and, if so, which institutional aspects had important effects?

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