1st Edition

Evaluation Cultures Sense-Making in Complex Times

Edited By Jan-Eric Furubo, Jean-Claude Barbier Copyright 2012
    256 Pages
    by Routledge

    262 Pages
    by Routledge

    Evaluation Cultures draws upon a sample of reflections, drawn from organizational practices, nationally centered political cultures, and ethnic cultures, as a framework for understanding how culture influences the work of evaluation. Two main conclusions seem to emerge: first, that there exists no single, uniform, and homogenous national evaluation culture; second, that the idea of a unified transnational culture of evaluation is an illusion.The evaluation community includes a diverse group of professionals; a diversity that is not just represented in national or ethnic culture but also in academic backgrounds, public and private sector allegiances, and personal character. The contributors to this book represent, in part, this diversity by reflecting a range of views.Evaluation Cultures draws upon the experience of senior evaluation practitioners, who share their reflections on their practice and experience, in order to put forth challenges to purely academic analysis. Evaluation Cultures presents a consistent, if not exhaustive, attempt to give analytical and empirical sense to all of the cultures of the evaluation community.

    Introduction; The Culture of Evaluation in Italy; Riding the Celtic Tiger: Forces Shaping Evaluation Culture in Ireland in Good Times and Bad; Sectoral Evaluation Cultures: A Comparison of the Education and Labor Market Sectors in Germany; Is Evaluation Culture Shaped by the Swiss Political System and Multiculturalism?; Independence in Evaluation and the Role of Culture; Clinical and Managerial Cultures of Evaluative Activity in the Provision of Acute Health Care; Cultures of Ombudsman and Audit Institutions: Effects on Their Evaluative Activities; Four Organizations—Four Evaluation Cultures; Cultural Dimensions of the African Evaluation Guidelines; Conclusion: Universal, Common, Diverse, and Certainly Not Uniform, Evaluation Culture


    Jean-Claude Barbier