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

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

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(p.109) Seven Discovery through dialogue and appreciative inquiry: a participative evaluation framework for project development
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The politics of evaluation
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Glynis Cousin

Judith Cousin

Frances Deepwell

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861346063.003.0008

This chapter explores the role of the evaluator working within inevitable external constraints. It advocates a theory driven perspective that positions the evaluator and project members as teachers and learners within a shared project. It emphasises what works as opposed to the barriers to development. It identifies a range of techniques that can be effectively deployed in both community and classroom settings, including narrative inquiry, leading to the positive conclusion that participatory evaluation can benefit all involved if carried out in the spirit of a learning partnership.

Keywords:   participative evaluation framework, project development, community, classroom, partnership

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