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ERIC Number: EJ1131661
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Nov
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1744-2648
Symbolic Uses of Evaluation in the International Aid Sector: Arguments for Critical Reflection
McNulty, James
Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, v8 n4 p495-509 Nov 2012
Significant progress has been made in recent years to improve the quality of the evaluation of international aid. Increasingly, this includes an interest in improving the way evaluations are used to improve policies and programmes. However, the prevalence of symbolic use--a phenomenon that is often mentioned but rarely studied--reflects an uncomfortable gap that continues to emerge between evaluation practice and rhetoric. Drawing on literature from several contexts, this paper argues that efforts to improve evaluation use in this complex sector must be, post-Busan, more firmly rooted in evidence describing how its principals and agents actually behave.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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