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Success in Evaluation

Focusing on the Positives, 1st Edition

By Rudi Turksema


264 pages

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pub: 2015-05-30
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Success in Evaluation takes a fundamentally different approach to the mainstream supply side discussion of evaluation quality, utilization, and learning. The contributors believe that a systematic focus on success will lead to increased awareness of evaluation and its findings, a more positive attitude, and a greater chance of actual evaluation use.

This book offers many different lessons on how to improve evaluation design, research processes, and reporting. It is a realistic look at performance management, the evidence movement, and the demand barriers that so often block the role evaluators can play in organizational learning and decision-making.

International case studies and lessons are included that both explain success-oriented methods and share insightful lessons from the real world. Together, they present a convincing case that evaluation for success allows for increased constructive interaction amongst both stakeholders and evaluators and, as a result, learning processes and outcomes will improve.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

List of Tables

Foreword, Ray C. Rist


1. Introduction
Rudi Turksema, Peter van der Knaap, and Steffen
Bohni Nielsen

Part One: Evaluative Approaches to Find Success

2. Positive Thinking and Learning from Evaluation
Nicoletta Stame and Veronica Lo Presti

3. Structuring Evaluations and Monitoring for Learning
John Mayne

4. Using Big Data to Identify Success
Jonathan D. Breul

5. What Public Sector Organizations Can Learn from the Private Sector Evaluative Practices: The Case of the Balanced Scorecard
R. Pablo Guerrero O.

6. Focusing on Success: A Review of Everyday Practices of Organizational Learning in Public Administration
Karol Olejniczak

Part Two: Case Studies in Finding Success

7. Building on Success to Succeed: The Role of Evaluation in Evidence-Based Policymaking in Denmark
Daniel Schwartz Bojsen and Line Dybdal

8. Managing Evaluative Knowledge: The Case of Mothers' Aid
Steffen Bohni Nielsen

9. Indicators of Success: Using Information and Learning to Support an Effective Performance Audit Function
Jeremy Lonsdale and Ruth Stewart

10. Conditions for Evaluation Success in the Education Sector
Claus C. Rebien and Andreas Hougaard

11. Sustaining the Success of Sustainable Road Safety: The Contributions of Responsive Evaluation and Performance Indicators
Peter van der Knaap

12. The Power of Positive Evaluation: Bridging Evaluative Inquiry, Learning, and Success
Peter van der Knaap, Steffen Bohni Nielsen, and
Rudi Turksema

List of Contributors


About the Series

Comparative Policy Evaluation

The Comparative Policy Evaluation series is an interdisciplinary and internationally focused set of books that embodies within it a strong emphasis on comparative analyses of governance issues—drawing from all continents and many different nation states.  The lens through which these policy initiatives are viewed and reviewed is that of evaluation.  These evaluation assessments are done mainly from the perspectives of sociology, anthropology, economics, policy science, auditing, law, and human rights. Thebooks also provide a strong longitudinal perspective on the evolution of the policy issues being analyzed.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Decision-Making & Problem Solving