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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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Evaluation and the New Deal for Communities: learning what for whom?

Evaluation and the New Deal for Communities: learning what for whom?

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The politics of evaluation

Ian Smith

Lucy Grimshaw

Policy Press

This chapter returns to the New Deal for Communities (NDC) initiative with a reflective discussion of the utility of evaluation. It notes that evaluation is seen as a process of knowledge generation that can inform policy development and policy implementation. It considers the evaluation discourses for stakeholders in NDC evaluation in terms of the implementation structure of evaluation, preferred forms of knowledge, attitudes to institutional learning, and change and geographic tactics for knowledge acquisition. It concludes that if NDCs are to develop the capacity for institutional learning then national evaluation must play a key role, addressing both the current crisis in utilising evidence from evaluation as well as disseminating findings effectively at all levels.

Keywords:   New Deal for Communities, evaluation, knowledge generation, policy development, stakeholders, institutional learning, knowledge acquisition

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