Principles of Effectiveness


[The Department of Education has announced that the following Principles of Effectiveness will govern recipients' use of fiscal year 1998 and future years' funds received under Title IV - State and local programs of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act--the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (SDFSCA) State Grant Program.  The Principles of Effectiveness take effect on July 1, 1998.]

Principle 1:

Conducting Needs Assessments

Principle 2:

Setting Measurable Goals and Objectives

A program shall base its Needs Assessment on a thorough analysis of objective data about the population it serves, both in the school and the community.



With assistance from site-base committees (parents, students, teachers, administrators, business representatives, and community members), a program shall establish a set of measurable goals and objectives, and design its activities to meet those goals and objectives.

(How to write goals & objectives -- click here)

Principle 3:

Effective Research-Based Programs

Principle 4:

Program Evaluation

A program shall design and implement its activities based on research or evaluation that provides evidence that the strategies used accomplish the particular goals and objectives of the project. (Has already been done and has good data to support its success.)  A program shall evaluate its progress periodically (formative evaluations) to assess its achievement toward its goals and objectives and use its evaluation results to refine, improve, and strengthen its program and to refine its goals and objectives as appropriate (continuous improvement model).