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Evaluation has become a central tool in the development of contemporary social policy. Its widespread popularity is based on the need to provide evidence of the effectiveness of policies and programmes. This book sees evaluation as an inherently political activity, as much about forms of governance as scientific practice. Using a wide range of examples from neighbourhood renewal, health and social care and other aspects of social policy, it relates practical issues in evaluation design to their political contexts.With contributions from leading academics and evaluation practitioners, the book considers key issues in the politics of evaluation including: governance and evaluation; participatory evaluation; partnerships and evaluation; and learning from evaluation.The politics of evaluation is important reading for academics, social researchers, policy makers, service providers and professionals across the public services as well as professional evaluators. It will be a valuable resource for students on a range of social science and professional courses and those concerned with recent developments in social research methodology.

Synopsis:

Evidence-based policy making has become a hot topic. There is an acknowledged need for policies to encourage empowerment and participation; however, their impact and success must be monitored to ensure that they are fulfilling their remit. This social research textbook is the first to pull together a wide range of political issues impacting evaluation.

About the Author

David Taylor, School of Applied Social Sciences, University of Brighton and Susan Balloch, Health and Social Policy Research Centre (HSPRC), University of Brighton

Table of Contents

List of tables, figures and boxes

Acknowledgements

Notes on contributors

Preface

Introduction: The politics of evaluation: an overview

      David Taylor and Susan Balloch

Part One: Governance and evaluation

1. Below decks on the youth justice flagship: the politics of evaluation

      Peter Squires and Lynda Measor

2. Urban regeneration: who defines the indicators?

      Peter Ambrose

3. Reaching for the stars: the performance assessment framework for social services

      Stella Law and Karin Janzon

Part Two: Participation and evaluation

4. Service-user involvement in evaluation and research: issues, dilemmas and destinations

      Peter Beresford

5. Best Value but not best interests: can service users instruct mental health advocates?

      Hazel Platzer

6. New Deal for Communities as a participatory public policy: the challenges for evaluation

      Kay Graham and Amanda Harris

7. Discovery through dialogue and appreciative inquiry: a participative evaluation framework for project development

      Glynis Cousin, Judith Cousin and Frances Deepwell

8. Evaluating projects aimed at supporting the parents of young people: “I didnt learn anything new, but . . .”

      Debi Roker

Part Three: Partnerships and evaluation

9. Evaluating interagency working in health and social care: politics, policies and outcomes for service users

      Audrey Leathard

10. Reflections on an evaluation of partnerships to cope with winter pressures

      Susan Balloch, Alison Penn and Helen Charnley

11. Evaluating a partnership approach to supporting people into employment

      Hilary Arksey

Part Four: Learning from evaluation

12. Evaluation and the New Deal for Communities: learning what for whom?

      Ian Smith and Lucy Grimshaw

13. Community-led regeneration: learning loops or reinvented wheels?

      Mike Rowe and Marilyn Taylor

14. Can social capital be a framework for participative evaluation of community health work?

      Jennie Fleming and Thilo Boeck

15. 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

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781861346063
Author:
Taylor, David
Publisher:
Policy Press
Editor:
Balloch, Susan
Author:
Balloch, Susan
Subject:
Public Policy - General
Subject:
Politics - General
Subject:
Policy
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20050131
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
280
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6 in

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