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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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Introduction: The politics of evaluation: an overview

Introduction: The politics of evaluation: an overview

(p.1) Introduction: The politics of evaluation: an overview
The politics of evaluation

David Taylor

Susan Balloch

Policy Press

This chapter demonstrates that the practice of evaluation takes place within power structures. It seeks to understand evaluation as an inherently and inescapably political project imbued with issues of power at every level. It discusses the relationship between evaluation and governance and the different approaches to the politics of evaluation, particularly participatory evaluation. It explores the different approaches to participation — practical participatory evaluation and transformative participatory evaluation.

Keywords:   power structures, evaluation, governance, practical participatory evaluation, transformative participatory evaluation

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