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Evaluation : seeking truth or power?

Author: F Pearl Eliadis; Jan-Eric Furubo; Steve Jacob
Publisher: New Brunswick, N.J. : Transaction Publishers, ©2011.
Series: Comparative policy evaluation series, v. 17.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Evaluation has come of age. Today most social and political observers would have difficulty imagining a society where evaluation is not a fixture of daily life, from individual programs to local authorities to parliamentary committees. While university researchers, grant makers, and public servants may think there are too many types of evaluation, rankings and reviews, evaluation is nonetheless viewed positively by
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: F Pearl Eliadis; Jan-Eric Furubo; Steve Jacob
ISBN: 9781412811415 1412811414
OCLC Number: 640918039
Description: 240 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Evaluation : for public good or professional power? / Jan-Eric Furubo and Ove Karlsson Vestman --
Section I: "Do unto Ourselves ..." --
Policy and evaluation : many powers, many truths / Andrew Gray and Bill Jenkins --
Sharing power among evaluation players : mission possible? / Steve Jacob --
Taking one's own medicine? : the self-evaluation of the Danish Evaluation Institute / Peter Dahler-Larsen --
Section II: Game Frontiers : political and administrative players --
PAR : program assessment or power grab? / Jonathan D. Breul --
Co-ordination of social policies at the EU Level : an ambiguous relationship between evaluation and politics / Jean-Claude Barbier --
The power of illusion : evaluative information and political steering in Valais / Katia Horber-Papazian --
Peer evaluation- the powerful peer? / Sandra Speer --
Section III: To have and to hold ... power --
Using their discretion : how state audit institutions determine which performance audits to undertake / Jeremy Lonsdale --
Power asymmetries and performance audits : the Canadian Human Rights Commission and the Auditor General of Canada / Pearl Eliadis --
Postscript : Evaluators in the land of Oz-Dealing with hard and soft power /Ray C. Rist.
Series Title: Comparative policy evaluation series, v. 17.
Responsibility: Pearl Eliadis, Jan-Eric Furubo, Steve Jacob, editors.

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Examining the degree to which evaluators seek power for their own interests, this book asks questions such as: Can we really trust evaluation to be a force for the good? To what degree can we talk  Read more...

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