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Introduction: The politics of evaluation: an overview

David Taylor and Susan Balloch

in The politics of evaluation

Published by Policy Press

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9781861346063
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303954 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861346063.003.0001
Introduction: The politics of evaluation: an overview

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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

Chapter.  7347 words. 

Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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