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

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

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(p.97) Six New Deal for Communities as a participatory public policy: the challenges for evaluation
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The politics of evaluation
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Kay Graham

Amanda Harris

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861346063.003.0007

This chapter examines some of the challenges for evaluation within the national regeneration programme, New Deal for Communities (NDC), which covers employment, crime, education, health, and housing in each partnership area. It explains that the evaluation's principal aim is to ensure effective delivery of the NDC programme during its life rather than learn lessons after the event. It provides a working definition of participatory evaluation that emphasises the importance of drawing on local resources and capacities and ensuring stakeholders are key in the decision-making process. It highlights the opportunities offered by participatory evaluation for local people to learn new skills and engage with local issues.

Keywords:   public policy, national regeneration programme, New Deal for Communities, employment, crime, education, health, housing, participatory evaluation

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