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Defense & Security Analysis     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 30)
Democracy & Education     Open Access   (Followers: 18)
Democratic Communiqué     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Democratic Theory     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 12)
Democratization     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 42)
Democrazia e diritto     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Demokratie und Geschichte     Hybrid Journal  
Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 12)
Der Donauraum     Hybrid Journal  
Desafíos     Open Access  
Development and Change     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 61)
Digest of Middle East Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Digital Government : Research and Practice     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Diplomacy & Statecraft     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
Diplomatic History     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 25)
Diritto, immigrazione e cittadinanza     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Discurso     Open Access  
Dissent     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
Diversité urbaine     Full-text available via subscription  
Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict: Pathways toward terrorism and genocide     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 18)
Earth System Governance     Open Access  
East European Jewish Affairs     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
East European Politics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
East/West : Journal of Ukrainian Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Eastern African Literary and Cultural Studies     Hybrid Journal  
Eastern Review     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Economia Politica     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 40)
Ecopolítica     Open Access  
eJournal of eDemocracy and Open Government     Open Access   (Followers: 9)
Ekonomi, İşletme, Siyaset ve Uluslararası İlişkiler Dergisi     Open Access  
El Banquete de los Dioses     Open Access  
El Cotidiano     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Electoral Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 45)
Em Pauta : Teoria Social e Realidade Contemporânea     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Encuentro     Open Access  
Entramados y Perspectivas     Open Access  
Environment and Planning C : Politics and Space     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 43)
Environmental Politics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 19)
Espacios Públicos     Open Access  
Estudios digital     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Estudios Políticos     Open Access  
Estudios Políticos     Open Access  
Estudos Avançados     Open Access  
Ethical Theory and Moral Practice     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 23)
Ethics & International Affairs     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 18)
Ethics & Global Politics     Open Access   (Followers: 9)
Ethics in Science and Environmental Politics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Éthique publique     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Études internationales     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Eunomia. Rivista semestrale del Corso di Laurea in Scienze Politiche e delle Relazioni Internazionali     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Eureka Street     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
European Integration Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 13)
European Journal for Security Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
European Journal of American Culture     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology     Hybrid Journal  
European Journal of Government and Economics     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
European Journal of International Relations     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 63)
European Journal of Political Economy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 60)
European Journal of Political Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 88)
European Journal of Political Research : Political Data Yearbook     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
European Journal of Politics and Gender     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
European Policy Analysis     Hybrid Journal  
European Political Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 41)
European Politics and Society     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
European Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 19)
European Security     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 20)
European Union Politics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 56)
European Yearbook of Minority Issues Online     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Eurostudia     Open Access  
Evaluation     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 21)
Evaluation and Program Planning     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Evidence Base : A journal of evidence reviews in key policy areas     Open Access  
Exchange : The Journal of Public Diplomacy     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
E|mporium     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Fascism     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Federal Governance     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Federalism-E     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Fédéralisme Régionalisme     Open Access  
FEU Academic Review     Open Access  
Fijian Studies: A Journal of Contemporary Fiji     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Financial Times     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 38)
Foreign Policy     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 55)
Foreign Policy Analysis     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 26)
Foreign Policy Bulletin     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Foro Interno. Anuario de Teoría Política     Open Access  
French Politics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Frontiers in Political Science     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Gaceta Laboral     Open Access  
Genocide Studies International     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Geographische Zeitschrift     Full-text available via subscription  
Geopolítica(s). Revista de estudios sobre espacio y poder     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Geopolitics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Geopolitics under Globalization     Open Access  
German Politics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
German Politics and Society     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 9)
Germinal : Marxismo e Educação em Debate     Open Access  
Gestão & Regionalidade     Open Access  
Ghana Journal of Development Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
Ghana Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 15)
Global Affairs     Hybrid Journal  
Global Change, Peace & Security: formerly Pacifica Review: Peace, Security & Global Change     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 417)
Global Discourse : An Interdisciplinary Journal of Current Affairs and Applied Contemporary Thought     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Global Environmental Politics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 19)
Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 50)
Global Journal of Peace Research and Praxis     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Global Justice : Theory Practice Rhetoric     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Global Media Journal : African Edition     Open Access  
Global Policy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Global Societies Journal     Open Access  
Global Society     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Global South, The     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Global War Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 12)
Göç Dergisi     Full-text available via subscription  
Good Society     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Governare la paura. Journal of interdisciplinary studies     Open Access  
Government and Opposition     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 25)
Granì     Open Access  
Greek Political Science Review     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Group Processes & Intergroup Relations     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Hague Journal of Diplomacy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Hegel Bulletin     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Helsinki Monitor     Hybrid Journal  
Hic Rhodus : Crisis capitalista, polémica y controversias     Open Access  
Historia i Polityka     Open Access  
History of Communism in Europe     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Hommes & Migrations     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
HONAI : International Journal for Educational, Social, Political & Cultural Studies     Open Access  
Horyzonty Polityki     Open Access  
Human Relations     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 60)
Human Rights Case Digest     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Human Rights Law Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 66)
Human Rights Quarterly     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 73)
Human Rights Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 26)
Icelandic Review of Politics and Administration     Open Access  
Idäntutkimus     Open Access  
identidade!     Open Access  
Identities : Journal for Politics, Gender and Culture     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 19)
Identity Papers : A Journal of British and Irish Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
IDP. Revista de Internet, Derecho y Politica     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Ids Practice Papers     Hybrid Journal  
IKAT : The Indonesian Journal of Southeast Asian Studies     Open Access  
Indes : Zeitschrift für Politik und Gesellschaft     Hybrid Journal  
Index on Censorship     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
India Quarterly: A Journal of International Affairs     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
India Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Indialogs : Spanish Journal of India Studies     Open Access  
Indonesia Prime     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Indonesian Journal of Community Engagement     Open Access  
Innovation Policy and the Economy     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7)
Innovations : Technology, Governance, Globalization     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Insight on Africa     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
InSURgência : revista de direitos e movimentos sociais     Open Access  
Intelligence & National Security     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 36)
Interdisciplinary Political Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Interdisziplinäre Zeitschrift für Südasienforschung     Open Access  
Interest Groups & Advocacy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Interfaces Brasil/Canadá     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
International Affairs     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 72)
International Area Studies Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
International Communication of Chinese Culture     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
International Critical Thought     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
International Gramsci Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
International Interactions: Empirical and Theoretical Research in International Relations     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
International Journal : Canada's Journal of Global Policy Analysis     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
International Journal of African Renaissance Studies - Multi-, Inter- and Transdisciplinarity     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
International Journal of Area Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
International Journal of Children's Rights     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 23)
International Journal of Diplomacy and Economy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
International Journal of E-Politics     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
International Journal of East Asian Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
International Journal of Electronic Government Research     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
International Journal of Environmental Policy and Decision Making     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
International Journal of Group Tensions     Hybrid Journal  
International Journal of Human Rights     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 60)
International Journal of Intelligence and CounterIntelligence     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 592)
International Journal of Intercultural Relations     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
International Journal of Peace Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
International Journal of Press/Politics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
International Journal of Refugee Law     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 38)
International Journal of Sexuality and Gender Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 26)
International Journal of Social Quality     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
International Journal of Sustainable Development and World Ecology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
International Journal on Minority and Group Rights     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
International Migration     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 33)
International Migration Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 180)
International Negotiation     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
International NGO Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
International Organization     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 110)
International Peacekeeping     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 481)
International Political Science Abstracts     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 20)
International Political Science Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 98)
International Political Sociology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 41)
International Quarterly for Asian Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
International Regional Science Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
International Relations     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 34)
International Relations of the Asia-Pacific     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 25)
International Review of Public Policy     Open Access  
International Security     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 80)

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  • European Evaluation Society Presidents’ introduction to the Special
    • Authors: Danièle Lamarque, Bastiaan de Laat
      Pages: 127 - 130
      Abstract: Evaluation, Volume 26, Issue 2, Page 127-130, April 2020.

      Citation: Evaluation
      PubDate: 2020-04-23T07:35:43Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1356389020916882
      Issue No: Vol. 26, No. 2 (2020)
  • Enriching evaluation practice through care ethics
    • Authors: Tineke A. Abma, Merel Visse, Anders Hanberger, Helen Simons, Jennifer C. Greene
      Pages: 131 - 146
      Abstract: Evaluation, Volume 26, Issue 2, Page 131-146, April 2020.
      Recently, several authors have called for a critical assessment of the normative dimensions of evaluation practice. This article responds to this call by demonstrating how evaluation practice can be enriched through deliberate engagement with care ethics. Care ethics has a relational and practice view of morality and places caring relationships and responsibilities at the forefront of our being in the world. We will demonstrate how care ethics, in particular Joan Tronto’s moral-political theory of democratic caring, can help evaluators to reshape our way of working by placing caring and relationality at the centre of our evaluative work. Care ethics as a normative orientation for evaluation stretches beyond professional codes of conduct, and rule- or principled-based behaviour. It is part of everything we do or not do, how we interact with others, and what kinds of relationships we forge in our practice. This is illustrated with two examples: a democratic evaluation of a programme for refugee children in Sweden; and a responsive evaluation of a programme for neighbours of people with an intellectual disability in The Netherlands. Both examples show that a caring ethos offers a promising pathway to address the larger political, public issues of our times through the interrogation of un-caring practices. We conclude a caring ethos can help evaluators to strengthen a caring society that builds on people’s deeply felt need to care, to relate, and to connect within and across communities.
      Citation: Evaluation
      PubDate: 2020-04-23T07:35:38Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1356389019893402
      Issue No: Vol. 26, No. 2 (2020)
  • Re-framing accountability and learning through evaluation: Insights from
           the Italian higher education evaluation system
    • Authors: Rosaria Lumino, Dora Gambardella
      Pages: 147 - 165
      Abstract: Evaluation, Volume 26, Issue 2, Page 147-165, April 2020.
      Although the relation between accountability and learning is a key issue in the field of evaluation, the existing conceptualizations include significant gaps and shortcoming. This article seeks to bridge some of the identified gaps, overcoming the dichotomy between learning and accountability and the overemphasis on accountability, and offering a more nuanced account of various forms of positive and negative learning. We propose a theory-informed reconceptualization of both accountability and learning in order to develop an interpretative framework that recognizes their plurality and brings them together through evaluation. To make visible the analytical potential of our reconceptualization, we present the Italian higher education evaluation system as a source of illustrative examples.Our analysis confirms that accountability and learning are inextricably interconnected and that multiple forms of learning can be envisaged by taking into account the mutual relationship among organizational arrangements, evaluative practices and cultural codes. We argue that such kind of analysis allows to remove the taken-for-granted aspects of evaluation practices, challenging the often-implicit assumptions about their virtues as well as their weaknesses in order to see what evaluation actually does in a particular situation.
      Citation: Evaluation
      PubDate: 2020-04-23T07:35:40Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1356389019901304
      Issue No: Vol. 26, No. 2 (2020)
  • Regulatory Scrutiny Board: A support for evidence-based policymaking in
           the European Commission
    • Authors: Veronica Gaffey
      Pages: 166 - 176
      Abstract: Evaluation, Volume 26, Issue 2, Page 166-176, April 2020.
      The European Commission has strengthened its requirements for impact assessment and evaluation over the years. In 2002, it introduced a requirement for impact assessments for new policy proposals and regulations. Such impact assessments had to define the need for European Union action and analyse a variety of options for action. In 2006, it established an Impact Assessment Board, made up of senior managers from across Commission directorates-general. The Board members worked part-time on the Board and did not sit in judgement on proposals from their own directorate-general.
      Citation: Evaluation
      PubDate: 2020-04-23T07:35:38Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1356389019897703
      Issue No: Vol. 26, No. 2 (2020)
  • Evaluators in the Anthropocene
    • Authors: Astrid Brousselle, Jim McDavid
      Pages: 190 - 204
      Abstract: Evaluation, Volume 26, Issue 2, Page 190-204, April 2020.
      In the last century, human-led activities have drastically altered natural systems. The environmental impacts of human activity are so deleterious to living species and our biosphere that geologists have named this new geological era the Anthropocene, from anthropos, human being. Responses to the Anthropocene era call for drastic changes in all domains of activity. As evaluators, we claim to work for social betterment. We have a responsibility to adapt our approaches and practices to respond to this environmental challenge. The aim of this article is to raise awareness on the need to develop new approaches for evaluators in the Anthropocene. We first describe what this state of urgency represents for humans, the international commitments to take action, the solutions that exist, and what responding to this environmental challenge means for our profession.
      Citation: Evaluation
      PubDate: 2020-04-23T07:35:35Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1356389020911060
      Issue No: Vol. 26, No. 2 (2020)
  • Towards systemic evaluation in turbulent times – Second-order
           practice shift
    • Authors: Barbara Schmidt-Abbey, Martin Reynolds, Ray Ison
      Pages: 205 - 226
      Abstract: Evaluation, Volume 26, Issue 2, Page 205-226, April 2020.
      The need for, and possibilities of, a second-order shift in evaluation practice are explored. Second-order evaluation practice enables an evaluator to improve practice as a skilled practitioner, acknowledging her embeddedness within an evaluand. The article explores evaluation practice as experienced by professional evaluators, using ideas from developmental evaluation coupled with systemic evaluation in the tradition of systems thinking in practice. Systemic evaluation aims to capture systemic sensibilities – the bigger picture – of complex turbulent situations of change underpinning evaluands. Attributes of second-order practice with systemic evaluation are understood as being aligned with both systemic and systematic modes of evaluation praxis. Personal experiences are provided where this juxtaposing praxis has been found wanting. By example, a systems thinking in practice framework is explored as heuristic support for making a second-order practice shift. The article concludes with a discussion of some implications for developments in professionalising evaluation practice and research.
      Citation: Evaluation
      PubDate: 2020-04-23T07:35:43Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1356389020909120
      Issue No: Vol. 26, No. 2 (2020)
  • Using contribution analysis to evaluate large-scale, transformation change
    • Authors: Kerstin Junge, Joe Cullen, Giorgia Iacopini
      Pages: 227 - 245
      Abstract: Evaluation, Volume 26, Issue 2, Page 227-245, April 2020.
      This article explores the usefulness of Contribution Analysis to understand and assess the outcomes and impacts of emergent, large-scale and transformational change processes. As these take place over long periods of time and at national if not supra-national scale, they amplify some of the key challenges complex interventions pose to evaluators, most notably that of the emergence of activities and outcomes. While Contribution Analysis is discussed in the literature as useful for the evaluation of complex change processes, it is not usually recommended for experimental and emergent interventions. This article draws on the authors’ experience of using Contribution Analysis in one such case and explores the relative merits of the method for large-scale/transformational change interventions generally.
      Citation: Evaluation
      PubDate: 2020-04-23T07:35:36Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1356389020912270
      Issue No: Vol. 26, No. 2 (2020)
  • French Language Abstracts
    • Pages: 246 - 248
      Abstract: Evaluation, Volume 26, Issue 2, Page 246-248, April 2020.

      Citation: Evaluation
      PubDate: 2020-04-23T07:35:38Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1356389020912130
      Issue No: Vol. 26, No. 2 (2020)
  • News from the Community
    • Pages: 249 - 249
      Abstract: Evaluation, Volume 26, Issue 2, Page 249-249, April 2020.

      Citation: Evaluation
      PubDate: 2020-04-23T07:35:43Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1356389020916883
      Issue No: Vol. 26, No. 2 (2020)
  • Frameworks for program evaluation: Considerations on research, practice,
           and institutions
    • Authors: Ghislain Arbour
      Abstract: Evaluation, Ahead of Print.
      The term “evaluation framework” and other associated terms are common in the practice and the discipline of program evaluation. These terms correspond to a variety of meanings across contexts and organizations and, thus, tend to lack overall consistency. In response, this article provides a model to analyze frameworks for program evaluation organized around four dimensions. The model states that a framework for evaluation is an intellectual framework made of concepts and/or theories (first dimension: types of ideas) about an object related to evaluation (second dimension: object), where the said concepts and theories can be positive and/or normative (third dimension: analytical perspective). These three dimensions provide the means to describe, explain, or judge an evaluation-related matter. A fourth and optional dimension, the institutional character of a framework, allows an evaluation framework to become a form of regulation for behaviors related to program evaluation (fourth dimension: institutional dimension).
      Citation: Evaluation
      PubDate: 2020-06-11T06:00:57Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1356389020920890
  • Biopolitical power and paradoxes in evaluation research with transnational
           migrant youth
    • Authors: Sophia Rodriguez, Jeremy Acree
      Abstract: Evaluation, Ahead of Print.
      In this article, the authors theorize the practice of evaluation as linked to truth-telling and organizing future societies. Drawing on Foucauldian notions of biopolitical governmentality, the authors examine the origins of the field of evaluation, theorize it as a truth-telling practice that aims to control populations and futures, and consider the implications of this for a current evaluation project with transnational newcomer migrant youth in the United States. The authors raise the following questions about evaluation as a social practice: Who/what knowledge is produced in the process' What mechanisms/technologies are deployed to reason, compare, and quantify migrant youth experiences, and at what cost' What are the ethical imperatives underlying this truth-telling process' The article offers a productive critique of current evaluation practices, providing theoretical and methodological implications of this analysis, arguing to expose the politics of governance embedded in evaluation.
      Citation: Evaluation
      PubDate: 2020-05-07T05:19:44Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1356389020914314
  • How can critical deliberative theory help to solve therspective in the
           evaluation of e methodological challenges of evaluating from a gender +
    • Authors: Jone Martínez-Palacios, Igor Ahedo
      Abstract: Evaluation, Ahead of Print.
      This article explains why and how it is possible to give greater democratic meaning to an evaluative process by bringing into dialogue the Gender + perspective and a critical approach to deliberative theory within its design. Furthermore, it identifies the methodological challenges of using this intersectional approach to create more inclusive evaluative procedures. Taking into account the experience of the evaluation of Law 4/2005 for Equality between Women and Men in the Basque Country (Spain, 2015–2016), the text explains that the enclave deliberation praxis proposed by critical deliberative theory helps to resolve the challenges that emerge from the implementation of the Gender + perspective in the evaluation of public policies. These challenges include the incorporation of the empowerment perspective into the evaluation, and guaranteeing dialogue between expert knowledge on gender and other more ‘intuitive’ types of knowledge.
      Citation: Evaluation
      PubDate: 2020-04-17T10:11:22Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1356389020912779
  • Applying Big Data visualization to detect trends in 30 years of
           performance reports
    • Authors: Eran Raveh, Yuval Ofek, Ron Bekkerman, Hertzel Cohen
      Abstract: Evaluation, Ahead of Print.
      Evaluators worldwide are dealing with a growing amount of unstructured electronic data, predominantly in textual format. Currently, evaluators analyze textual Big Data primarily using traditional content analysis methods based on keyword search, a practice that is limited to iterating over predefined concepts. But what if evaluators cannot define the necessary keywords for their analysis' Often we should examine trends in the way certain organizations have been operating, while our raw data are gigabytes of documents generated by that organization over decades. The problem is that in many cases we do not know what exactly we need to look for. In such cases, traditional analytical machinery would not provide an adequate solution within reasonable time—instead, heavy-lifting Big Data Science should be applied. We propose an automated, quantitative, user-friendly methodology based on text mining, machine learning, and data visualization, which assists researchers and evaluation practitioners to reveal trends, trajectories, and interrelations between bits and pieces of textual information in order to support evaluation. Our system automatically extracts a large amount of descriptive terminology for a particular domain in a given language, finds semantic connections between documents based on the extracted terminology, visualizes the entire document repository as a graph of semantic connections, and leads the user to the areas on that graph where most interesting trends can be observed. This article exemplifies the new method on 1700 performance reports, showing that the method can be used successfully, supplying evaluators with highly important information which cannot be revealed using other methods. Such exploratory exercise is vital as a preliminary exploratory phase for evaluations involving unstructured Big Data, after which a range of evaluation methods can be applied. We argue that our system can be successfully implemented on any domain evaluated.
      Citation: Evaluation
      PubDate: 2020-03-04T07:22:38Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1356389020905322
  • Quality of quality: A diagnostic approach to qualitative evaluation
    • Authors: Barbara Befani
      Abstract: Evaluation, Ahead of Print.
      This article discusses the integration of a diagnostic lens in qualitative or mixed methods evaluations, arguing that this will improve quality: in particular, it will improve transparency, credibility and reliability of evaluation findings.We start by unpacking the notion of evaluation quality and pointing out the typical weaknesses of qualitative methods. We then introduce the basic notions of diagnostic approaches and how they relate to theory-based evaluation, process tracing, and Bayesian updating, arguing for the merits of taking a formal Bayesian approach, founded on the confusion matrix, which amongst else reduces confirmation bias and conservatism. This article draws parallels between the process tracing tests and elements of the confusion matrix.
      Citation: Evaluation
      PubDate: 2020-02-26T06:26:34Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1356389019898223
  • Real-time evaluation pros and cons: Lessons from the Gavi Full Country
           Evaluation in Zambia
    • Authors: Moses C. Simuyemba, Obrian Ndlovu, Felicitas Moyo, Eddie Kashinka, Abson Chompola, Aaron Sinyangwe, Felix Masiye
      Abstract: Evaluation, Ahead of Print.
      The Full Country Evaluations were Gavi-funded real-time evaluations of immunisation programmes in Bangladesh, Mozambique, Uganda and Zambia, from 2013 to 2016. The evaluations focused on providing evidence for improvement of immunisation delivery in these countries and spanned all phases of Gavi support. The process evaluation approach of the evaluations utilised mixed methods to track progress against defined theories-of-change and related milestones during the various stages of implementation of the Gavi support streams. This article highlights complexities of this type of real-time evaluation and shares lessons learnt on conducting such evaluation from the Zambian experience. Real-time process evaluation is a complex evaluation methodology that requires sensitivity to the context of the evaluation, catering for various information needs of stakeholders, and establishment of mutually beneficial relationships between programme implementers and evaluators. When used appropriately, it can be an effective means of informing programme decisions and aiding programme improvement for both donors and local implementers.
      Citation: Evaluation
      PubDate: 2020-02-03T11:49:25Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1356389019901314
  • The contribution of policy design to realist evaluation
    • Authors: Guillaume Fontaine
      Abstract: Evaluation, Ahead of Print.
      The literature on policy design provides insightful resources to improve policy evaluation. We compare how this literature addresses causation, evaluation, instrumentation, and intervention, based on different methodologies. Then, we explain how the realist approach can contribute to theory-based evaluation with multi-methods. We go through the process leading from the adoption of policy aims to the production of a policy outcome by a causal mechanism linking agenda setting to policy formulation, cross-sectorial coordination, political interplays, and this policy’s outcome. This hypothesis is then tested against a typology of policy instruments classified by the State resources. These instruments are hereby treated as expected empirical observations that provide an empirical basis to assess the theoretical process following a Bayesian logic. We eventually present a five-step protocol aimed at making realist policy evaluation easier, which includes process theorization and operationalization, empirical tests design, case selection and justification, congruence analysis, and deep within-case study.
      Citation: Evaluation
      PubDate: 2020-02-03T11:46:58Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1356389020902496
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