Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Jeanne L. Surface


The purpose of the study is to conduct a program evaluation utilizing Stufflebeam’s 2007 CIPP Model to determine if the Educational Service Unit 2 (ESU 2) Consortium for Administration of Special Education Services (CASES) effectively serves CASES member districts. The results of the program evaluation is intended to provide Educational Service Unit 2 (ESU 2) with results and feedback on how 1) to determine the extent to which CASES has successfully met program goals (Product Evaluation), efficiently utilized resources (Input Evaluation), and appropriately selected and implemented program activities (Process Evaluation), and 2) to examine how the program was developed (Context Evaluation), and to determine what program components are beneficial, what needs to be improved, and what can influence longevity of CASES and for other ESUs to utilize. A survey was sent out to staff members of the 13 ESU 2 CASES school districts that participate in CASES to gather perception data regarding CASES services in the areas of service, delivery, and accountability. The data collected during this program evaluation indicates that ESU 2 CASES services are something that the ESU 2 CASES member districts value, continue to need, and find to be a positive experience.


A Dissertation Presented to the Faculty of the Graduate College of the University of Nebraska in Partial Fulfillment of Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Education. Copyright 2016 Heather D. Nebesniak.

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