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ERIC Number: EJ1007348
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jun
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1098-2140
The Practice of Evaluation in Public Sector Contexts: A Response
Chouinard, Jill Anne
American Journal of Evaluation, v34 n2 p266-269 Jun 2013
In the original paper, it was argued that while there is an array of methods and methodologies available, their use is delimited by the culture of accountability that prevails in public sector institutions, a fact that is particularly problematic given the complexity and diversity of evaluation contexts today. This short rejoinder, to responses made by J.G. Carmen and L.-E. Datta to "The Case for Participatory Evaluation in an Era of Accountability" (both, this issue), argues further that given the prevalence and widespread use of evaluation "technologies" as formal mechanisms for decision making, monitoring, reporting, and controlling the activities and expenditures within public sector institutions, we have a responsibility to consciously and conscientiously explore some of the taken-for-granted assumptions that guide evaluation practice. Three main points are advanced: 1) evaluation as institutionalized practice, 2) evaluation as influencing and shaping public perception, and 3) evaluation as a reflection of certain values.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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