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Evaluating interagency working in health and social care: politics, policies and outcomes for service users

Audrey Leathard

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/9781861346063.003.0010
Evaluating interagency working in health and social care: politics, policies and outcomes for service users

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This chapter identifies contrasting findings from partnership evaluations, including a more efficient use of staff resources, better service provision, and a more satisfying working environment, although these are countered by frustration with the slowness of procedures and a lack of economies of scale. It examines some of the political issues surrounding interagency evaluation, noting in particular the deep structural divide between health and social care, the place of private-public concordats, the problematic definition of boundaries, and funding issues. It then links these issues to the policy arena with its rapidly changing legislation and guidance and endless reorganisations. It concludes that the extent of evaluation in this context has been limited and that, where evaluations have been completed, little appears to have taken place in response to their findings.

Keywords: health; social care; politics; service users; working environment; political issues; legislation

Chapter.  6659 words. 

Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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