ERIC Number: ED211558
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Case Studying Superordinates: The Power Politics of Policy Formation.
Two current trends in evaluation practice are brought together: the growth of case study in policy evaluation and the redefinition of the case boundaries to include administrative actors. One facet of their interaction is explored; that is, the confrontation that can occur when a case worker alone comes into conflict with the organization studied. Issues of the content and dissemination of information may become more then usually vulnerable to the exercise of executive power. The resulting imbalance in power relationships threatens not only the dissemination of evaluation reports, but the completion of the evaluation itself. The central point is that when case study is the mode of policy evaluation, the policies of use of data intrude into the actual study and production of evaluation reports. With the evaluation process any policy utilizing the policy managers as a more visible part of the analysis, there is a tendency to adopt qualitative methods of social enquiry, via interviewing, observing and value analysis of documents, regarding participants' judgements and perceptions as an important source of understanding the program under evaluation in action. (Author/CE)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: United Kingdom
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (65th, Los Angeles, CA April 13-17, 1981).