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Evaluation
Journal Prestige (SJR): 0.83
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ISSN (Print) 1356-3890 - ISSN (Online) 1461-7153
Published by Sage Publications Homepage  [1175 journals]
  • Editorial

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      Authors: Elliot Stern
      Pages: 403 - 405
      Abstract: Evaluation, Volume 28, Issue 4, Page 403-405, October 2022.

      Citation: Evaluation
      PubDate: 2022-10-03T06:15:13Z
      DOI: 10.1177/13563890221131237
      Issue No: Vol. 28, No. 4 (2022)
       
  • Evaluating the impact of business coaching programmes by taking
           perceptions seriously

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      Authors: Giel Ton, Fédes van Rijn, Haki Pamuk
      Abstract: Evaluation, Ahead of Print.
      The paper addresses the challenges of evaluating the impact of business coaching programmes with a varied portfolio of firms working across sectors and countries. Observable indicators of changes in business management practices are rarely relevant across sectors. Therefore, evaluators need to rely on the perceptions of the managers who have received coaching. We designed an online survey to compare the effectiveness of business coaching within a portfolio and across programmes. The survey was applied to the portfolio of two private sector development programmes. We derived so-called ‘contribution scores’ from individuals’ perceptions of how business management practices had changed and their perceptions of the role of business coaching in bringing about these changes. The survey included some features to reflect on response reliability. We show that the tool seems fairly reliable for comparative analysis and helped to identify the types of firms and contexts where business coaching support appears more effective.
      Citation: Evaluation
      PubDate: 2022-11-28T06:05:35Z
      DOI: 10.1177/13563890221137611
       
  • Don’t you forget about me: Independence of evaluations from the
           perspective of US evaluation clients—An exploratory study

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      Authors: Fabienne Helen Schmidli, Lyn Ellen Pleger, Susanne Hadorn
      Abstract: Evaluation, Ahead of Print.
      Policy evaluation literature has stressed the importance of independence of evaluations to guarantee objective evidence collection. The evaluator–client relationship is critical in this respect, since it contains inherent tensions due to the necessity for independent assessments alongside requirements for increased responsiveness to clients’ interests. Despite this distinct relationship, the client perspective has only recently received attention in research. This article presents findings from a survey among US evaluation clients and compares these to existing evidence from Switzerland. Unlike previous studies, we distinguish between constructive and destructive client influences. We show that professional experience and client familiarity with evaluation standards increase the likelihood of constructive influences aimed at improving evaluation results. Nevertheless, the findings indicate that dissatisfaction with an evaluation increases client’s attempts at influence that may be destructive. By discussing both motives behind influence and potential preventive measures, this article seeks to contribute to the increased social impact of policy evaluations.
      Citation: Evaluation
      PubDate: 2022-11-26T09:50:05Z
      DOI: 10.1177/13563890221138876
       
  • Evaluation during war: Current realities and future possibilities of
           Ukrainian monitoring and evaluation

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      Authors: Nataliya Antoniv, Hanna Kalyta, Dmytro Kondratenko, Olha Krasovska, Iryna Kravchuk, Iryna Lupashko, Liubov Margolina, Larysa Pylgun, Antonina Rishko-Porcescu, Mykhailo Savva, Yulia Zinovieva
      Abstract: Evaluation, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Evaluation
      PubDate: 2022-11-26T09:45:50Z
      DOI: 10.1177/13563890221138739
       
  • Pivoting to online: The benefits, challenges and possibilities for
           international programme evaluations

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      Authors: Lee John Henley, Nicky Stanley-Clarke, Anuradha Acharya, Smriti Khadka, Asa Olsson
      Abstract: Evaluation, Ahead of Print.
      Global South non-government organizations rely on international funding and aid for continued service delivery. Service evaluation plays a significant role in ensuring compliance and ongoing service funding. Traditional service evaluation approaches could not take place during 2021 due to COVID-19, alternate mechanisms needed to be embraced. This article reports on the benefits and challenges of undertaking service evaluations online during the pandemic and the learnings and possibilities for a post-pandemic world. It emphasizes the importance of translating a relational approach to service evaluation to the online environment. Key learnings include that while some of the benefits of context and in-person connection are lost, taking a relational approach involving careful planning and reflexivity means the online evaluation process can be successful. Undertaking service evaluations online offers possibilities in a post-pandemic world as cost-effective alternatives to the expensive and time-consuming reality of in-person service evaluation across international borders and within development contexts.
      Citation: Evaluation
      PubDate: 2022-11-16T07:14:49Z
      DOI: 10.1177/13563890221137610
       
  • Why is impact measurement abandoned in practice' Evidence use in
           evaluation and contracting for five European Social Impact Bonds

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      Authors: Debra Hevenstone, Alec Fraser, Lukas Hobi, Gemma Geuke
      Abstract: Evaluation, Ahead of Print.
      Despite broad consensus on the importance of measuring “impact,” the term is not always understood as estimating counterfactual and causal estimates. We examine a type of public sector financing, “Social Impact Bonds,” a scheme where investors front money for public services, with repayment conditional on impact. We examine five cases in four European countries of Social Impact Bonds financing active labor market programs, testing the claim that Social Impact Bonds would move counterfactual causal impact evaluation to the heart of policy. We examine first how evidence was integrated in contracts, second the overall evidence generated and third, given that neither contracts nor evaluations used counterfactual definitions of impact, we explore stakeholders’ perspectives to better understand the reasons why. We find that although most stakeholders wanted the Social Impact Bonds to generate impact estimates, beliefs about public service reform, incentives, and the logic of experimentation led to the acceptance of non-causal definitions.
      Citation: Evaluation
      PubDate: 2022-11-16T07:11:10Z
      DOI: 10.1177/13563890221136890
       
  • Ethics of evaluation for socio-ecological transformation: Case-based
           

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      Authors: Emily F. Gates, Glenn Page, Juan Manuel Crespo, Mauricio Nuñez Oporto, Juliana Bohórquez
      Abstract: Evaluation, Ahead of Print.
      Evaluation that supports social, ecological, and governance systems change and transformation raises ethical questions about what and whose worldviews do and should ground evaluative processes. This article illustrates one approach to ethical analysis within a case study of the first phase of an initiative to co-create a monitoring, evaluation, and learning system. The case drew on the principles of Blue Marble Evaluation in partnership with local staff and Indigenous leaders of the Amazon Sacred Headwaters Initiative. The approach uses critical and relational systems thinking to examine the sources of motivation, power, knowledge, and legitimacy that influence and should influence an evaluation system. Results reframe typical early phase evaluation process work from a contractual agreement to a co-created ethical space that engenders the legitimacy of the evaluation process. Contributions include a conceptual framework and process for ethical analysis that could be adapted by others.
      Citation: Evaluation
      PubDate: 2022-10-25T10:17:59Z
      DOI: 10.1177/13563890221129640
       
  • Conducting focus groups in realist evaluation

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      Authors: Ana Manzano
      First page: 406
      Abstract: Evaluation, Ahead of Print.
      Focus groups are valuable tools for evaluators to help stakeholders to clarify programme theories. In 1987, R.K. Merton, often attributed with the birth of focus groups, wrote about how these were ‘being mercilessly misused’. In the 1940s, his team had conceived focus groups as tools for developing middle-range theory, but through their astonishing success focus groups have metamorphosed and are often an ‘unchallenged’ choice in many evaluation approaches, while their practice seems to provide a philosophically diverse picture. This article examines what knowledge focus group data generate, and how they support theory development. It starts with an overview of the history of focus groups, establishing a relationship between their emergence as a data collection method and the evaluation profession. Practical lessons for conducting groups in realist evaluation are suggested, while exploring how qualitative data can support programme and middle-range theory development using the example of realist evaluation.
      Citation: Evaluation
      PubDate: 2022-09-15T07:05:08Z
      DOI: 10.1177/13563890221124637
       
  • Evaluation through narratives: A practical case of Participatory Narrative
           Inquiry in women empowerment evaluation in Niger

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      Authors: Emanuele Zucchini, Michael Carbon, Christine Bosch, Fabrizio Felloni
      First page: 426
      Abstract: Evaluation, Ahead of Print.
      This study explores the use of Participatory Narrative Inquiry (PNI) in evaluating development interventions by contributing to the debate of using participatory narrative methods. Stories on personal experience are used to evaluate the project’s effects as with similar methods such as Most Significant Change and Sensemaking. To the authors’ knowledge, this is one of the early applications of PNI to the evaluation of international development programmes. The study discusses advantages and limitations, and provides a scholarly reflection based on an application of PNI in the evaluation of gender and women’s empowerment in Niger. The study concludes that PNI is a powerful alternative to existing qualitative and participatory narrative evaluation methods. Within mixed-method approaches, PNI allows for greater inclusion of project beneficiaries in the evaluation process, while helping to elaborate a thorough theory of change, understand the complexity of the context, identify and assess outcome pathways, and provide an evidence-based evaluation.
      Citation: Evaluation
      PubDate: 2022-09-10T10:29:30Z
      DOI: 10.1177/13563890221123821
       
  • Evaluating local system change using a comparative maturity matrix

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      Authors: Mike Coldwell, Sarah Pearson, Ian Wilson
      First page: 446
      Abstract: Evaluation, Ahead of Print.
      This article focuses on the evaluation of the Children’s Community programme, addressing the question: how can evaluators effectively address complex place-based system change initiatives, particularly those working across differing contexts' After considering alternatives, including what we describe as ‘first-generation’ linear, logic model-based approaches and second-generation Theory of Change approaches, we discuss the development of ‘third-generation’ systems-change evaluations and articulate a novel comparative maturity matrix approach, developed for the evaluation of Children’s Communities with potential wider applicability for evaluation of complex systems change interventions. The article discusses the evaluation approach in depth and concludes with reflection on what learning points may be derived for use in subsequent evaluations of place-based and complex systems change initiatives.
      Citation: Evaluation
      PubDate: 2022-09-27T12:46:21Z
      DOI: 10.1177/13563890221126744
       
  • Developing a theory of change methodology to support the evaluation of
           place-based systems change interventions to support child and adolescent
           mental health and well-being

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      Authors: Robyn Doherty, Neil Quinn, Abigail Colson, Amy Tucker, Julie Cameron
      First page: 466
      Abstract: Evaluation, Ahead of Print.
      Over the past few years, levels of mental health problems among children and adolescents have risen alongside an increased demand for services, which has driven the demand for a transformative systems change in how child and adolescent mental health services are delivered. Theory of change methodology is a valuable approach for advancing systems change. This article describes the theory of change process to evaluate a strategic partnership approach to advancing systems change improvements in child and adolescent’s mental health. This article describes the development and application of a theory of change methodology for these strategic partnerships, discussing the benefits derived from developing the theory of change and its use by the programme staff and evaluation team. This article also discusses the challenges and limitations of using this approach and recommendations for use more widely.
      Citation: Evaluation
      PubDate: 2022-09-05T05:37:52Z
      DOI: 10.1177/13563890221110257
       
  • Systems thinking concepts within a collaborative program evaluation
           methodology: The Hermes Program Evaluation

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      Authors: Maria Alejandra Torres-Cuello, Luis Arturo Pinzon-Salcedo
      First page: 484
      Abstract: Evaluation, Ahead of Print.
      There has been a growing interest in introducing systems thinking ideas in the program evaluation field over the last decades. Most of these efforts have supported the practice of evaluation, rather than contributing to produce theoretical advancements in evaluation. This article illustrates how systems thinking concepts may enrich the program evaluation field both at theoretical and practical levels. In particular, it examines how critical systems thinking perspectives and concepts were introduced in evaluation by discussing the design of an evaluation of a peace-building program in Colombia. We describe theoretical contributions of systems thinking within a reframed evaluation methodology and illustrate its application in a practical evaluation. Finally, we discuss some advantages of using systems thinking in evaluation.
      Citation: Evaluation
      PubDate: 2022-09-19T06:57:53Z
      DOI: 10.1177/13563890221123824
       
  • Including multiple perspectives in participatory multi-criteria analysis:
           A framework for investigation

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      Authors: Marco Dean
      First page: 505
      Abstract: Evaluation, Ahead of Print.
      Over the past few decades, a number of participatory multi-criteria analysis methods, combining deliberative procedures with multiple decision criteria assessment techniques, have been developed to tackle complex policy problems. However, several important aspects of such methods, including the way in which different and often contrasting viewpoints should be included in the analysis, appear to have been largely neglected by previous studies. Possible problems and drawbacks that may hamper the applicability and feasibility of multi-actor multi-criteria exercises and the utility and reliability of their outcomes also deserve further investigation. This article seeks to fill this knowledge gap by proposing a conceptual framework and classification scheme that illustrates the different possible approaches for identifying the key elements of the multi-criteria problem (i.e. options, objectives/criteria, weights and scores), while dealing with different points of view. It also discusses the potential advantages, disadvantages and issues of each approach and ultimately defines the overarching factors that should orientate the selection of one specific approach over the others.
      Citation: Evaluation
      PubDate: 2022-09-10T05:55:37Z
      DOI: 10.1177/13563890221123822
       
  • Using digital technology to enhance youth participatory evaluation

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      Authors: Tze-Chang Liu
      First page: 540
      Abstract: Evaluation, Ahead of Print.
      The aim of this study is to demonstrate the challenges encountered in youth participatory evaluation and how digital technology may assist in overcoming these challenges. The study explores the meaning of youth participatory evaluation and examines the challenges faced in utilizing the approach. We argue that using digital technology can help overcome many challenges of youth participatory evaluations, with the added benefit that such technology may also attract and influence young people to engage more fully with evaluation processes. These findings show that digital technology helps decrease adultism, increase adults’ capacity to engage with youth, and respond to and empower youth. Some practical guidelines and challenges are also discussed.
      Citation: Evaluation
      PubDate: 2022-09-15T07:07:34Z
      DOI: 10.1177/13563890221124713
       
  • French language abstracts

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      First page: 555
      Abstract: Evaluation, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Evaluation
      PubDate: 2022-09-27T12:46:50Z
      DOI: 10.1177/13563890221129496
       
 
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