Toward a Theory of Loosely Coupled Systems: The Implementation of Federal Youth Employment Policies

Elizabeth Anne VanderPutten

PARTICIPANT SURVEY

 

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

2. What position does the person have in the project?

(1) Project administrator
(2) Project staff
(3) Employer
(4) Principal
(5) Oversight
(6) Other

3. How long has the person been with the project?

(1) 0-1 year
(2) 1-3 years
(3) 3 or more years
(4) not applicable

4. What was the previous position held by the person?

(1) School teacher
(2) School administrator
(3) Counselor
(4) Private sector employer/employee
(5) College administrator
(6) CETA staff
(7) Other
(8) None

5. What is the person's race?

(1) Black
(2) White
(3) Hispanic
(4) Other

6. What is the person's age?

(1) 20-29
(2) 30-40
(3) 40 plus

PROFESSIONAL SUBGOALS

How important does the person think each of the following services is in promoting employability among youths enrolled in the project?

Score

(1) not important
(2) of little important
(3) above average in importance
(4) very important.

7. Private sector involvement in planning 
8. Academic credit for work experience 
9. Youth participation in planning and running programs 
10. Career guidance activities 
11. Paid work experience 
12. Instruction in basic and academic skills 
13. Instruction aimed at attitude formation 
14. Job skills training 
15. Counseling for personal needs 
16. Providing supplemental services 
17. Sex role de-stereotyping 
18. Maintaining academic standards 
19. Raising youths' levels of aspiration 
20. Helping youths with their personal problems 
21. Improving or providing high quality worksites
22. Maintain and supporting research conditions

PROJECT/ORGANIZATIONAL SUBGOALS

The questions in this section refer to the extent to which the person places emphasis on the goals or subgoals of the project or host organization.

Score

(1) not important    (2) a little important
(3) quite important (4) very important

How important does the person think each of the following are:
23. Cooperating with others in providing services to youths
24. Promoting the project's image with the funding source
25. Promoting the project's image with the community

The questions in this section refer to how committed the person is to the host organization or the project.

Score questions 26-27

(1) not at all (2) somewhat
(3) fairly high (4) very high

26. To what extent is the person committed to promoting the host
organization and its goals? 
27. To what extent does the person feel a sense of ownership and
commitment to the project ?

PERSONAL SUBGOALS

Questions in this section refer to the personal needs of the participants and the extent to which they feel these needs fulfilled or threatened by participation in the project.

Score questions 28-30

(1) not important (2) of little importance
(3) important (4) very important

To what extent is each of the following issues a concern to the person?

28. Personal safety on the job 
29. Economic security 
30. A structured, ordered environment 

Score questions 31-32

(1) not at all (2) a little
(3) somewhat (4) a great deal

To what extent does the person think his or her needs are being met in the following areas as a result of participating in the project?:

31. Monetary and psychic rewards for doing a job 
32. Career advancement 
33. A feeling of personally helping youth 
34. A feeling of participating in rewarding activities 

OVERALL OPINION OF PROJECT

The following questions refer to the participants overall evaluation of the project.

Score Each question has a different set of answers, but a (1) is a weak response and a (4) is a strong response.

35. To what extent is the project helping youth 
(1) Not at all (2) a little (3) pretty much (4) very much

36. How does the project compare to other projects? 
(1) much worse (2) worse (3) better (4) much better

37. How would the students in the projects do in regular public
schools?
(1) much worse (2) worse (3) better (4) much better

38. Should the project be continued with local funds? 
(1) definitely not (2) probably not (3) probably yes (4) no

The following two questions refer to the extent to which the person perceives a conflict between professional subgoals and organizational or project subgoals.

39. Does the person perceive a conflict between the project and
the organization? 
(1) not at all (2) a little (3) somewhat (4) a great deal

40. Does the person perceive a conflict between professional
subgoals and the project ?
(1) not at all (2) a little (3) somewhat (4) a great deal

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