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Measuring the efficacy of career development services : agency and service providers perceptions

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dc.contributor.advisor Magnusson, Kris
dc.contributor.author Slomp, Mark William
dc.contributor.author University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Education
dc.date.accessioned 2007-07-13T17:58:50Z
dc.date.available 2007-07-13T17:58:50Z
dc.date.issued 2006
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10133/360
dc.description xiv, 151 leaves ; 29 cm. en
dc.description.abstract This study examined the perspectives of agencies providing career development services in Canada concerning the current state of efficacy assessment. The central question guiding this research was: How do representatives of career services agencies perceive their evaluation practices and the results they are obtaining? A total of 147 (n=147) agency representatives participated in an on-line survey. The data obtained through the use of this survey were analyzed using a mixed methods design - methods included frequency analysis, Chi square analysis and qualitative methods (to conduct content analysis). A number of conclusions were drawn from this study. It appears that the vast majority of agencies value reporting on the outcomes of the services they provide and do engage in efficacy measurement. However, it is also apparent that certain types of career development agencies do not value and do not engage in efficacy measurement to the same extent as other types of career development agencies. In addition, it appears that a strong emphasis is currently being placed on tallying the number of clients who secure employment or return to school with a lack of emphasis being placed on other outcomes. Finally, according to the sample in this survey, agency representatives are encountering many obstacles in their attempts to measure the effectiveness of the services they provide. The results of this study have many implications for the field of career development. In order to provide a sound body of evidence attesting to the efficacy of career development services much work will have to be done to build a strong framework to ensure accountability. en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Education, 2006 en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Thesis (University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Education) en
dc.subject Career development -- Canada -- Evaluation en
dc.subject Vocational guidances -- Canada -- Evaluation en
dc.subject Educational counseling -- Canada -- Evaluation en
dc.subject Dissertations, Academic en
dc.title Measuring the efficacy of career development services : agency and service providers perceptions en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.publisher.faculty Education en

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