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A Research Agenda for Evaluation

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A Research Agenda for Evaluation

9781839101076 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Peter Dahler-Larsen, Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Publication Date: June 2021 ISBN: 978 1 83910 107 6 Extent: c 208 pp
This unique Research Agenda addresses salient current issues in evaluation research, offering a broad perspective on the role of evaluation in society.

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Elgar Research Agendas outline the future of research in a given area. Leading scholars are given the space to explore their subject in provocative ways, and map out the potential directions of travel. They are relevant but also visionary.

This unique Research Agenda addresses salient current issues in evaluation research, offering a broad perspective on the role of evaluation in society.

International expert contributors explore how evaluation research is not only academic research engaged in practical problem-solving, but is also research that takes a critical look at this engagement, providing inspiration for reflexivity among evaluators. Drawing on a range of perspectives, including sociology, organization theory, psychoanalytic theory, and feminism, chapters analyse examples of how evaluation works in a number of arenas, such as education, research, and voluntary work.

Taking a critical look at evaluation as a social phenomenon, this Research Agenda will be a useful resource for scholars and students of evaluation, public administration and management, and public policy. It will also be beneficial in helping practitioners and researchers to understand the major emerging issues within the field of evaluation.
Critical Acclaim
‘Editor Peter Dahler-Larson has assembled a worthy multi-faceted volume, A Research Agenda for Evaluation, conveyed through the varied lenses of an exceptional international group of evaluation scholars. These lenses feature philosophical, socio-political, and cultural facets of evaluation. Among the key concepts and values included are the importance of cultural wisdom, overcoming the “bureaucratic capture of evaluation” and the persistent practice of “governing by numbers,” the contributions of “collaborative” and “feminist” evaluation traditions, and replacing evaluative “tools of control” with “tools of emancipation.”’
– Jennifer C. Greene, Professor Emerita, University of Illinois, US
Contributors
Contributors include: L.M. Benjamin, J.A. Chouinard, P. Dahler-Larsen, S. Grek, F. Hesselmann, J. Kauko, M. Ørskov Akselvoll, M.K.T. Pajunen, I. Rafols, E. Raimondo, F. Reynaldo Lopez, C. Schendzielorz, E. St. Denny, A. Stirling, B. Vidaillet

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