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Arensman, Bodille; van Waegeningh, Cornelie; van Wessel, Margit – American Journal of Evaluation, 2018
Theory of change (ToC) is currently "the" approach for the evaluation and planning of international development programs. This approach is considered especially suitable for complex interventions. We question this assumption and argue that ToC's focus on cause-effect logic and intended outcomes does not do justice to the recursive nature…
Descriptors: Theories, Change, Program Evaluation, Advocacy
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Pouw, Nicky; Dietz, Ton; Bélemvire, Adame; de Groot, Dieneke; Millar, David; Obeng, Francis; Rijneveld, Wouter; Van der Geest, Kees; Vlaminck, Zjos; Zaal, Fred – American Journal of Evaluation, 2017
This article presents the principles and findings of developing a new participatory assessment of development (PADev) evaluation approach that was codesigned with Dutch nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and northern and southern research institutes over a period of 4 years in the context of rural development in Ghana and Burkina Faso. Although…
Descriptors: Intervention, Foreign Countries, Evaluation Methods, Nongovernmental Organizations
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Abma, Tineke A.; Leyerzapf, Hannah; Landeweer, Elleke – American Journal of Evaluation, 2017
Responsive evaluation honors democratic and participatory values and intends to foster dialogues among stakeholders to include their voices and enhance mutual understandings. The question explored in this article is whether and how responsive evaluation can offer a platform for moral learning ("Bildung") in the interference zone between…
Descriptors: Evaluation, Psychiatry, Medical Services, Privacy
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van Noije, Lonneke; Wittebrood, Karin – American Journal of Evaluation, 2010
How effective are policy interventions to fight crime and how valid is the policy theory that underlies them? This is the twofold research question addressed in this article, which presents an evidence-based evaluation of Dutch social safety policy. By bridging the gap between actual effects and assumed effects, this study seeks to make fuller use…
Descriptors: Crime, Prevention, Law Enforcement, Misconceptions
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van Mierlo, Barbara; Arkesteijn, Marlen; Leeuwis, Cees – American Journal of Evaluation, 2010
Networks aiming for fundamental changes bring together a variety of actors who are part and parcel of a problematic context. These system innovation projects need to be accompanied by a monitoring and evaluation approach that supports and maintains reflexivity to be able to deal with uncertainties and conflicts while challenging current practices…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Program Descriptions, Program Implementation, Program Effectiveness
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Janssens, Frans J. G.; de Wolf, Inge F. – American Journal of Evaluation, 2009
This article demonstrates the value of theoretical ex-ante evaluation of policy programs. We show how a specific policy might not achieve its objectives and illustrate the elements of the policy, which need improvement. These conclusions are based on a reconstruction and evaluation of the theory behind a policy program that aims to increase…
Descriptors: Productivity, Governance, Educational Change, Quality Control
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Abma, Tineke – American Journal of Evaluation, 2006
Responsive evaluation offers a perspective in which evaluation is reframed from the assessment of program interventions on the basis of policy makers' goals to an engagement with and among all stakeholders about the value and meaning of their practice. Responsive evaluators have to be extra sensitive to power relations given the deliberate…
Descriptors: Heuristics, Evaluation Methods, Intervention, Art Education
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Ehren, Melanie C. M.; Leeuw, Frans L.; Scheerens, Jaap – American Journal of Evaluation, 2005
This article uses a policy scientific approach to reconstruct assumptions underlying the Dutch Educational Supervision Act. We show an example of how to reconstruct and evaluate a program theory that is based on legislation of inspection. The assumptions explain how inspection leads to school improvement. Evaluation of these assumptions is used to…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Elementary Education, Supervision, Educational Change