Date of Conferral
Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
A lack of evaluation and evidence of effectiveness prompted this study of the Distributed Common Ground System's (DCGS) proficiency maintenance tool, Ready Intelligence Program (RIP). The goal was to close the gap between research and practice and inform stakeholders at the local Distributed Ground Station (DGS) of evaluation results. Guided by a logic model as the theoretical foundation, this study examined how proficiency is perceived by DCGS crewmembers because of RIP at a military installation with intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions. This qualitative study used an outcomes-based program evaluation report based on interviews with 5 crewmembers, observations of program participant activities, and reviews of training documents and program reports. Data were transcribed into NVivo 10 for organization, and inductive code words and categories were applied. Data interpretations were confirmed via triangulation and then sent to the participants for member-checking. An external evaluator reviewed the study's methodology, data, and findings for veracity. The project that resulted from the study was a program evaluation report that identified 4 overarching themes. It was concluded that (a) there was a lack of awareness of RIP, (b) RIP had minimal impact on perception of proficiency, (c) the program was occasionally applied ineffectively, and (d) management of the program was insufficient. It is recommended that existing RIP training be emphasized to crewmembers to increase awareness. Additionally, an ongoing program evaluation is recommended with a quantitative measure of proficiency achievement. This study promotes social change by improving attitudes toward positional proficiency and RIP as a maintenance tool, improving program maintenance, and facilitating regular program evaluations.