A Metaevaluation of a Youth Technology Literacy Program for Under-served Communities

By Liliana Rodríguez-Campos and Shetay Ashford.

Published by The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Communication

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In most underserved communities, technology literacy programs aid in bridging the digital divide of low-income youth and adults who lack access to 21st-century technology. These programs critically need evaluators to conduct
metaevaluations to ensure their longevity and sustainability. A metaevaluation is an evaluation of an evaluation, which uses evaluation standards to provide a judgment based on defensible criteria about sound and accountable contributions
of an evaluation. In this article, we present the findings of a metaevaluation conducted using the Program Evaluation Standards developed by The Joint Committee on Standards for Educational Evaluation. As such, we also describe the function of metaevaluations to judge how well standards are met based on four attributes: utility, feasibility, propriety, and accuracy. Our implications are intended to broaden future evaluation endeavors in underserved communities.

Keywords: Under-served Communities,, Information, Communications, Technology, Metaevaluation

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Communication, Volume 10, Issue 4, December 2015, pp.1-8. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published Online: December 29, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 559.328KB)).

Liliana Rodríguez-Campos

Faculty Member, Department of Educational Measurement and Research, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA

Dr. Liliana Rodríguez-Campos is an Evaluation Professor and the Director of the Graduate Certificate in Evaluation at the University of South Florida. Among other achievements, she received the American Evaluation Association’s Marcia Guttentag Award. Liliana is nationally and internationally recognized for her evaluation model.

Dr. Shetay Ashford

CEO, Sashford Group, Tampa, Florida, USA

Shetay Ashford, M.S. is pursuing a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction, specializing in Career and Workforce Education.