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The politics of evaluation : participation and policy implementation

Author: David Taylor; Susan Balloch
Publisher: Bristol : Policy, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The widespread popularity of evaluation is based on the need to provide evidence of the effectiveness of policies and programmes. This book sees evaluation as an inherently political activity, and  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Taylor; Susan Balloch
ISBN: 1861346069 9781861346063 1861346050 9781861346056
OCLC Number: 937179730
Description: 261 s. ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: The politics of evaluation: an overview ~ David Taylor and Susan Balloch; Part One: Governance and evaluation: Below decks on the youth justice flagship: the politics of evaluation ~ Peter Squires and Lynda Measor; Urban regeneration: who defines the indicators? ~ Peter Ambrose; Reaching for the stars: the performance assessment framework for social services ~ Stella Law and Karin Janzon; Part Two: Participation and evaluation: Service-user involvement in evaluation and research: issues, dilemmas and destinations ~ Peter Beresford; Best Value but not best interests: can service users instruct mental health advocates? ~ Hazel Platzer; New Deal for Communities as a participatory public policy: the challenges for evaluation ~ Kay Graham and Amanda Harris; Discovery through dialogue and appreciative inquiry: a participative evaluation framework for project development ~ Glynis Cousin, Judith Cousin and Frances Deepwell; Evaluating projects aimed at supporting the parents of young people: "I didn't learn anything new, but..." ~ Debi Roker; Part Three: Partnerships and evaluation: Evaluating interagency working in health and social care: politics, policies and outcomes for service users ~ Audrey Leathard; Reflections on an evaluation of partnerships to cope with winter pressures ~ Susan Balloch, Alison Penn and Helen Charnley; Evaluating a partnership approach to supporting people into employment ~ Hilary Arksey; Part Four: Learning from evaluation: Evaluation and New Deal for Communities: learning what for whom? ~ Ian Smith and Lucy Grimshaw; Community-led regeneration: learning loops or reinvented wheels? ~ Mike Rowe and Marilyn Taylor; Can social capital be a framework for participative evaluation of community health work? ~ Jennie Fleming and Thilo Boeck; Learning the art of evaluation: presume the presence of politics ~ Georgie Parry-Crooke and Cathy Sullivan; Conclusion: What the politics of evaluation implies ~ Susan Balloch and David Taylor.
Responsibility: edited by David Taylor and Susan Balloch.

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