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The politics of evaluation: Participation and policy implementation

David Taylor and Susan Balloch


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. The book considers key issues in the politics of evaluation including governanc ... More

Keywords: evaluation, social policy, effectiveness, governance, scientific practice, neighbourhood renewal, health care, social care, participatory evaluation, partnerships

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Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9781861346063
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861346063.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Taylor, editor

Susan Balloch, editor

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Part One Governance and evaluation

Part Two Participation and evaluation

Part Three Partnerships and evaluation

Part Four Learning from evaluation

Conclusion: What the politics of evaluation implies

Susan Balloch, and David Taylor

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