1st Edition

Speaking Justice to Power Ethical and Methodological Challenges for Evaluators

Edited By Kim Forss Copyright 2014
    315 Pages
    by Routledge

    316 Pages
    by Routledge

    Efficiency, economy, and equity are policy goals pursued by governments around the world, but analysts and evaluators have devoted more effort to measuring and evaluating the first two. In Speaking Justice to Power, contributors examine the concept of equity, the role it plays, and its application in policy evaluation.

    Here some of the most valuable thinkers in the area of policy studies address key questions: How should evaluators develop criteria for measuring equity as they analyze both program and policy implementation as well as their impacts? What distinctions among people should be taken into account when measuring and valuing impacts? What sorts of data should be used to analyze processes and impacts in different settings? How might such data be validated?

    The contributors employ grounded-theory thinking as they translate key ethical principles into their work and draw important lessons from their experiences. The work discusses equity in interventions addressing a variety of social and environmental problems. This volume continues the fine tradition of Transaction's Comparative Policy Evaluation series.

    Foreword Kathryn Newcomer 1. Introduction Kim Forss and Mita Marra Part I: Equity in Theory: Implications for Evaluation 2. Thinking about Equity: From Philosophy to Social Science Mita Marra and Kim Forss 3. How Much Equity Do We Need? A Decision-Making Tool Reconciling Utilitarian and Rawlsian Approaches to Collective Efficiency Barbara Befani 4. Inequality, Institutions, and Change—The Case of Senegal Jens Andersson Part II: Equity in Evaluation Approaches: Challenges for Evaluators 5. Renewing Democratic Evaluation—The Case of a Progressive Evaluation Model Robert Picciotto 6. Beyond Feminist and Gender-Based Approaches: Evaluating Cooperation between Men and Women for Gender Equity Mita Marra 7. Equity versus (Gender) Equality: Complexities and Implications in Programming, Monitoring, and Evaluation Lydia Ruprecht and Sara Callegari 8. Using Th eories of Reach to Enhance Equity Considerations in Evaluation John Mayne 9. Achieving Equality at Scale through System Transformation: Evaluating System Change Tom Ling 10. Monitoring Equity and the Evaluation of Equity Monitoring Systems Peter Wilkins Part III: Equity in Program Evaluation: Lessons Learnt 11. Supporting Vulnerable Communities to Adapt to Climate Change: Defi ning Vulnerability and Evaluating Outcomes Alison Pollard 12. Evaluations of the Impact of Fair Trade on Development: Th e Case of Coffee Steve Jacob 13. Impact for Whom? Analyzing and Valuing the Distribution of Benefi ts from Sexual and Reproductive Health Interventions Kim Forss 14. Evaluating Equity within a Heterogeneous Group: The Challenges Faced by Child Rights Programming and Their Evaluation Ananda S. Millard 15. Getting Good Data to Evaluate Employment Equity Initiatives: An Example from Canada Maria Barrados 16. Equity-Oriented Interventions and Defining the Populations of Aboriginal Peoples and National Minorities: Experiences from Sweden, Canada, and Australia Maria Barrados, Kim Forss, and Peter Wilkins Contributors Index


    Kim Forss holds a PhD from the Stockholm School of Economics. His research has concerned comparative studies of evaluation, the design of inquiring systems and organizational learning, utilization of results, as well as process use of evaluation. He works as an independent researcher out of his firm Andante - tools for thinking AB. Mitta Marra is Visiting Professor of Comparative Public Policy at The George Washington University. She is Associate Editor of Evaluation and Program Planning (EPP) and Editor in Chief of RIV - Rassena Italiana di Valutazione.