Evaluating local implementation: An evidence-based approach

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10149/99721
Title:
Evaluating local implementation: An evidence-based approach
Authors:
Wond, T. (Tracey); Macaulay, M. (Michael)
Affiliation:
University of Teesside. Teesside Business School.
Citation:
Wond, T. and Macaulay, M. (2010) 'Evaluating local implementation: An evidence-based approach', Policy and Society, 29 (2), pp.161-169.
Publisher:
Elsevier
Journal:
Policy and Society
Issue Date:
May-2010
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10149/99721
DOI:
10.1016/j.polsoc.2010.03.008
Abstract:
This article, based on data collected from a year-long study, investigates the evaluation of a UK local government policy implementation and the use of evaluation data as an evidence-base for public policy (Bovaird & Loeffler, 2007; McCoy & Hargie, 2001; Schofield, 2004; Stern, 2008). Our case study highlights a number of issues. First, uncertainty and ambiguity of policy direction inhibiting the establishment of clear evaluation goals, which, second, results in frustration among stakeholders at a perceived disparity between what we term problem-inspired policy and problem-solving policy. Finally, this perception can be compounded by a lack of consideration for local variations of, for example, specific cultures, geographies or historical contexts. In responding to these problems our article argues that regardless of where policy control and decision-making occurs, the importance of the experiences of policy-implementers at a local level (where subject/geographical/cultural specialism and familiarisation exists) is crucial.
Type:
Article
Language:
en
Keywords:
local government; policy implementation; evidence-base; evaluation data; public policy
ISSN:
1449-4035
Rights:
Author can archive post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing). For full details see http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/ [Accessed 24/05/2010]
Citation Count:
0 [Scopus, 24/05/2010]

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dc.contributor.authorWond, T. (Tracey)en
dc.contributor.authorMacaulay, M. (Michael)en
dc.date.accessioned2010-05-24T12:34:55Z-
dc.date.available2010-05-24T12:34:55Z-
dc.date.issued2010-05-
dc.identifier.citationPolicy and Society; 29(2):161-169en
dc.identifier.issn1449-4035-
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.polsoc.2010.03.008-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10149/99721-
dc.description.abstractThis article, based on data collected from a year-long study, investigates the evaluation of a UK local government policy implementation and the use of evaluation data as an evidence-base for public policy (Bovaird & Loeffler, 2007; McCoy & Hargie, 2001; Schofield, 2004; Stern, 2008). Our case study highlights a number of issues. First, uncertainty and ambiguity of policy direction inhibiting the establishment of clear evaluation goals, which, second, results in frustration among stakeholders at a perceived disparity between what we term problem-inspired policy and problem-solving policy. Finally, this perception can be compounded by a lack of consideration for local variations of, for example, specific cultures, geographies or historical contexts. In responding to these problems our article argues that regardless of where policy control and decision-making occurs, the importance of the experiences of policy-implementers at a local level (where subject/geographical/cultural specialism and familiarisation exists) is crucial.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherElsevieren
dc.rightsAuthor can archive post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing). For full details see http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/ [Accessed 24/05/2010]en
dc.subjectlocal governmenten
dc.subjectpolicy implementationen
dc.subjectevidence-baseen
dc.subjectevaluation dataen
dc.subjectpublic policyen
dc.titleEvaluating local implementation: An evidence-based approachen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Teesside. Teesside Business School.en
dc.identifier.journalPolicy and Societyen
ref.citationcount0 [Scopus, 24/05/2010]en
or.citation.harvardWond, T. and Macaulay, M. (2010) 'Evaluating local implementation: An evidence-based approach', Policy and Society, 29 (2), pp.161-169.-
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