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Policy and program evaluation, civil society, and democracy
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå Centre for Evaluation Research (UCER).
2001 (Swedish)In: American Journal of Evaluation, ISSN 1098-2140, E-ISSN 1557-0878, Vol. 22, no 2, 211-228 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The overall aim of this article is to develop conceptual tools and practical guidelines for evaluating the effects of public policy and program on civil society and democracy, and to analyze three broad ways of taking evaluation to the people. The terms “civil society” and “democracy” are ambiguous, referring to different notions in various discourses. The article demonstrates how different notions (ideal-types) of civil society and democracy can be useful in assessing the effects of public policies and programs. Finally, three broad approaches to evaluation are analyzed as tools for taking evaluation to the people. I argue that, in light of the legitimacy crisis, the “mediating evaluation approach” is the most promising approach today. However, the role of the evaluator and the notion of both civil society and democracy differ among the three approaches.

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American Evaluation Association , 2001. Vol. 22, no 2, 211-228 p.
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-40089DOI: 10.1177/109821400102200205OAI: diva2:397878
Available from: 2011-02-18 Created: 2011-02-16 Last updated: 2011-02-18Bibliographically approved

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