PEQAProcess Engineering and Quality Assurance (software development and engineering)
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The study utilized a listsery of 120 PEQA specialists within state VR agencies and simply asked, "What are the 5 main competencies (knowledge, skills, and abilities) that VR program evaluators need to be effective?" Results from a thematic analysis of the 24 replies yielded six self-identified competencies: (a) knowledge of the state-federal VR system, (b) data analysis and interpretation, (c) interpersonal skills, effective communication, and translation, (d) judgments and recommendations, (e) report writing and presentation, and (f) objectivity.
(b) has the field of PEQA in state VR evolved since this initial inquiry?
The main research question was What are the perceived primary competencies of effective PEQA practitioners in state VR?
The study employed a purposive sampling method to select individuals who were likely to be "information rich" (Gall, Gall, & Borg, 2007) with respect to PEQA in state VR agencies.
When asked about their job titles, 51.2% of respondents reported they were PEQA specialists, 16.3% were other agency administrators, 11.6% were technical assistance/training specialists, 7.0% were supervisors or managers, 7.0% were counselor educators, and 7.0% were other.
To investigate the current perceptions on PEQA competencies we included an open-ended question asking "What are the top five competencies that are most important for a successful state VR agency program evaluator?" Respondents were prompted that they could "enter a phrase or describe the elements of each competency in a few sentences."
To evaluate external coherence (Hodder, 2000) and answer sub-question 4, the emergent primary VR PEQA themes were compared for consistency with: (a) program evaluation competency theory described in Stevahn et al.
Relative Importance of PEQA Competencies (Sub-question 1)
Five VR PEQA themes emerged as the primary competencies for PEQA specialists that best represented the participant responses: (a) methodology and data analysis, (b) interpersonal skills and effective communication, (c) knowledge of the state-federal VR system, (d) project management, and (e) critical thinking.
Respondents acknowledged that in order to properly apply PEQA principles and methods, the practitioner must have a thorough understanding of the complexities of the state-federal VR system, such as disability principles, federal and state regulations, the VR process, agency policies and procedures, the federally mandated performance measures, and the unique circumstances of their VR program.
The five primary VR PEQA competencies found in the current study were qualitatively compared to the six self-identified competencies found in the Cummings et al.
On Tuesday, US President Barack Obama said that the mining rescue effort "inspired the world," and added that Peqa presence at the marathon, would likely inspire the world's biggest ever collective runner's high.