The Contribution of Demonstration Programs to Educational Policymaking,
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF
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Policy analysis or program analysis has the responsibility for providing policymakers with timely information about the consequences of alternative courses of action. In elementary and secondary education, however, the policymaking effort is complicated by the organizational gap often present between the policymaker and the practitioner or user. The educational demonstration program can help bridge this gap. if analysis of the demonstration program serves as the communication link. This discussion delineates an equitable way to develop cost measures, to assess achievement measures as one outcome and to compare alternatives using these measures.
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