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

Debi Roker

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/9781861346063.003.0009
Evaluating projects aimed at supporting the parents of young people: “I didn't learn anything new, but …”

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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

Chapter.  5529 words. 

Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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