PIE à La Mode

Mainstreaming Evaluation and Accountability in Each Program in Every County of a Statewide School Readiness Initiative

Published in: New Directions for Evaluation, v. 2003, no. 99, Fall 2003, p. 33–49

Posted on RAND.org on September 01, 2003

by Abraham Wandersman, Paul Flaspohler, April Ace, Laurie Ford, Pamela Imm, Matthew Chinman, Jeffrey Sheldon, Arlene Bowers Andrews, Cindy A. Crusto, Joy S. Kaufman

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This chapter describes the framework and implementation of a program accountability system in a statewide initiative (South Carolina First Steps to School Readiness), which was developed (1) to enable practitioners to provide evaluation information required by legislative mandate and (2) to develop the capacity of practitioners to systematically plan their program, implement with quality, and self-evaluate. The components of this program are reflected in its name: Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation (PIE). The chapter describes PIE in relation to program theory, usage, and efforts to mainstream.

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