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The politics of evaluationParticipation and policy implementation$
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David Taylor and Susan Balloch

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9781861346063

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861346063.001.0001

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

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

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(p.135) Nine Evaluating interagency working in health and social care: politics, policies and outcomes for service users
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The politics of evaluation
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Audrey Leathard

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861346063.003.0010

This chapter identifies contrasting findings from partnership evaluations, including a more efficient use of staff resources, better service provision, and a more satisfying working environment, although these are countered by frustration with the slowness of procedures and a lack of economies of scale. It examines some of the political issues surrounding interagency evaluation, noting in particular the deep structural divide between health and social care, the place of private-public concordats, the problematic definition of boundaries, and funding issues. It then links these issues to the policy arena with its rapidly changing legislation and guidance and endless reorganisations. It concludes that the extent of evaluation in this context has been limited and that, where evaluations have been completed, little appears to have taken place in response to their findings.

Keywords:   health, social care, politics, service users, working environment, political issues, legislation

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