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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 projects aimed at supporting the parents of young people: “I didn't learn anything new, but …”

Evaluating projects aimed at supporting the parents of young people: “I didn't learn anything new, but …”

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(p.119) Eight Evaluating projects aimed at supporting the parents of young people: “I didn't learn anything new, but …”
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The politics of evaluation
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Debi Roker

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861346063.003.0009

This chapter demonstrates how participative evaluation can develop over time. It discusses the issues that emerge in evaluating parenting projects and interventions designed to offer information and support to the parents of teenagers. It discusses how both process and outcome evaluation were found to be important, particularly in understanding what parents themselves had gained. It determines conflicting views among senior staff and funders on the aims and purposes of evaluation, including looking for facts and figures to justify the project's funding, identifying how well the project has gone and what can be learnt from it, and deciding if the project has met its objectives.

Keywords:   parenting, teenagers, young people, evaluation, funding

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