The evaluation of PE Personnel 1992: a report of a values-based evaluation of a competitive employment training and placement service for people with disabilities: purpose, methodology, outcomes and recommendations
Edith Cowan University
Place of Publication
Perth, Western Australia
Facultyof Health and Human Sciences
Centre for the Development of Human Resources
Late in 1991, the Managing Director of PE Personnel, Ms Susan Robertson, approached the Director of the Centre for the Development of Human Resources (CDHR) at Edith Cowan University, Mr Errol Cocks, to discuss the possibility of an evaluation for PE Personnel. Over a period of three or four months, the purposes and shape of a proposed evaluation developed through clarification and negotiation, and in March, 1992, an agreement was reached for Mr Cocks and Mr Bob Jackson from the CDHR to carry out the evaluation. The results of the evaluation, as described in this report, cover the period up to 30 June 1992.
A decision was made that the evaluation would be qualitative and would be underpinned by a clear values base which would focus on the use of the service users. Initially, discussion centred on the use of PASSING (Wolfensberger & Thomas, 1983), an evaluation and teaching instrument based on Social Role Valorization (Wolfensberger, 1992). Eventually it was decided to utilise some of the PASSING Ratings, but to focus particularly on the coherency of the service. The concept of coherency is contained in particular evaluation ratings in both PASSING and PASS (Wolfensberger & Glenn, 1975), an evaluation instrument which preceded the development of PASSING.