APEC Conference on Evaluation as a Tool in Educational Planning: Best Practices in Evaluation of Educational Programmes

KL, Malaysia - The conference would be opened for all areas of evaluation within the educational realm and this includes program and project evaluation, needs assessments, costs analysis and impact evaluation.

The education sector forms the largest percentage of public expenditure that indicates the higher value given to education, relative to that of other public investments. In 2002, Malaysia and Thailand allocated more than 25 % of public expenditure for education, Mexico and New Zealand more than 20 %, Chile, Korea, Peru and USA more than 15 % whilst Australia, Philippines, Japan and Russia more than 10 % (Education at a Glance, 2005). Yet, some educational projects and programmes are carried out without proper need analysis and have no realistic goals and objectives despite the resources that have been committed.
The lack of information on program performance and impact hinders informed decision making on the direction of projects and programmes. Thus, projects and programmes may continue to run despite being no longerrelevant, effective, efficient nor economical. The need to focus on results necessitates policy makers to conduct formative and summative evaluation as well as to develop performance indicators and monitor projects and programmes. Therefore evaluation of programmes and projects is an essential element of sound governance of educational policies.
The 3rd APEC Education Ministerial Meeting supported the priority towards effective governance and systemic reform in education. One of the concerns towards effective governance and systemic reform is the need to address transparency and accountability of educational service delivery. This means that policy makers and managers need information that would answer questions regarding the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact, cost effectiveness and cost benefit of projects and programmes.
The conference would be opened for all areas of evaluation within the educational realm and this includes program and project evaluation, needs assessments, costs analysis and impact evaluation.

OBJECTIVES OF THE CONFERENCE
• To promote evaluation as an indispensable tool in the planning and implementation of educational programmes.
• To illuminate the various approaches, theories and models of evaluation and their adaptation to the educational realm in the effort towards enhancing the knowledge and skills of educational evaluators.
• To disseminate key evaluation findings of educational projects and programmes pertinent to educational planners and practitioners as valuable lessons learned and explore options relevant to their own economies.

Paper presenters could focus on:
• Concepts in Educational Evaluation
• Approaches in Educational Evaluation
• Curriculum Evaluation
• Evaluation of Extra-Curricular Activities
• Evaluation of Support Programmes
• Cost Effectiveness of Educational Programmes
• Cost Benefit of Educational Programmes
• Needs Assessment of Educational Programmes
• Evaluation of Preschool Programmes
• Evaluation of Reading/ Literacy/Numeracy Programmes

For enquiries, please contact:

The APEC Evaluation Conference Secretariat
Educational Planning and Research Division
Ministry of Education Malaysia
Block E8, Level 4
62604 Putrajaya
MALAYSIA
(Attn: Dr. Zaharian Zainuddin)
FAX : 00 60 3 8884 6418
TEL: 00 60 3 8884 6391
E-mail : [email protected]

Dr. Faridah Abu Hassan
Tel : 00 60 3 8884 6378 (office)
00 60 19 286 2507 (mobile)
Dr. Zaharian Zainuddin
Tel: 00 60 3 8884 6391 (office)
00 60 12 280 2552 (mobile)
Dr. Zabani Darus
Tel: 00 60 13 394 3936 (mobile)

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From 29 Oct 2007
Until 01 Nov 2007
KL, Malaysia
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