Conclusion: What the politics of evaluation implies

Susan Balloch and David Taylor

in The politics of evaluation

Published by Policy Press

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9781861346063
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303954 | DOI:
Conclusion: What the politics of evaluation implies

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This chapter identifies ways in which the politics of evaluation is taken into account while supporting evaluation as a valuable and viable form of research. The central actors, the young people, residents of a neighbourhood renewal area, parents, or others, should be involved. Research processes should be challenged that subordinate informed local evaluation and silence issues which fall outside defined technical boundaries. The advantages of a positive approach must be considered as opposed to cynicism that might encourage emphasis of primarily what goes wrong or reject evaluation altogether. Learning must be shared and this is likely to be achieved through the use of common concepts such as the social capital framework for evaluation than through comparable findings.

Keywords: evaluation; young people; research processes; residents; learning; social capital

Chapter.  1383 words. 

Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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