The Future of Evaluation: Global Trends, New Challenges, by Wolfgang Meyer, Reinhard Stockmann

By Wolfgang Meyer, Reinhard Stockmann

Review has develop into a major software for rational governance and is utilized in a growing number of international locations and coverage fields. contemporary worldwide, nationwide and native advancements are altering the stipulations and capabilities of assessment around the globe. This e-book examines present international improvement traits and altering calls for for review.

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All in all, although the worries about ‘unsystematic’ and ‘subjective’ evaluation may have been genuine, the reaction to these problems in the form of systematic regimes of evaluation machines may be highly debatable in democratic terms. Issue 3: Outcome orientation One of the fairly clear tendencies in recent evaluation is an increasing expectation, not only about how evaluation should be organized, but also about what should be measured. There should be a focus on the difference that interventions make, or, if you will, on the ‘outcomes’.

Development does not presuppose rational consensus, just some form of continuous social change facilitated by ongoing dialogue and adaptation. Evaluation under reflexive modernization soon turns out to be marred by contradictions and weaknesses. It lacks a coordinated societal agenda. Each evaluation is as whimsical and perspective-dependent as the reality it describes. It is therefore difficult to accumulate insights and summarize results from several evaluations. Managers are left without instruments for supervision and control.

This, of course, consists of three related points: 1) A belief that an effect question is the only worthwhile evaluation question. 2) An assumption about an optimal design so that an effect question can only be answered by means of a randomized experiment. 3) An acknowledgement that such design is impossible in practice under the given circumstances, because the evaluator comes in too late, the intervention has already started, there is little control over the intervention or the context, the context and the intervention are impossible to separate, or there is no adequate comparison group.

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