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Enhancing Evaluation Use
Insights from Internal Evaluation Units



June 2013 | 288 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Enhancing Evaluation Use: Insights from Internal Evaluation Units offers invaluable insights from real evaluators who share strategies they have adopted through their own experiences in evaluation. Readers will learn about the challenges, solutions, and lessons drawn from the experience of evaluators working in a wide range of organizations. Referencing the latest literature, contributors discuss factors that help or undermine attempts to foster an evaluative thinking and learning culture within an organization. Applicable in a wide range of situations, their accounts demonstrate the initiative and innovative thinking they use to address challenges in various, sometimes complex, evaluation settings. Questions at the end of each chapter stimulate thought and discussions about the issues raised and allow readers to apply their findings to their own situations.
Marlène Läubli Loud
Preface
John Mayne
1. Issues in Enhancing Evaluation Use
Bastiaan de Laat
2. Evaluator, Evaluand, Evaluation Commissioner: A Tricky Triangle
Penny Hawkins
3. Evaluation Management: Lessons From New Zealand and International Development Evaluation
Marlène Läubli Loud
4. Institutionalization and Evaluation Culture—Interplay Between the One and the Other: Lessons From the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH)
Erica Wimbush
5. Reshaping Evaluation to Enhance Utilization in Scotland: The Role of Intermediary Bodies in Knowledge-to-Action Strategies
Nancy Porteous and Steve Montague
6. From Discrete Evaluations to a More Holistic Organizational Approach: The Case of the Public Health Agency of Canada
Bastiaan de Laat and Kevin Williams
7. Evaluation Use Within the European Commission (EC): Lessons for the Evaluation Commissioner
Maria Santamaria, Alan Schnur, and Deepak Thapa
8. Evaluation Policy and Practice in a Changing Environment: Evolution of the Evaluation Function in the World Health Organization (WHO)
Janet Neubecker, Matthew Ripley, and Craig Russon
9. Building for Utilization: The Case of the International Labour Organization (ILO)
Marlène Läubli Loud
10. What Can We Learn From Practitioners? Some Thoughts and Take-Home Messages for Internal Evaluation Units
 
Index
 
About the Editors
 
About the Contributors
 
Commissioning Evaluations: Managing the Evaluation Process to Ensure Quality and User-Focused Results
Janet Neubecker, Matthew Ripley, Craig Russon
Chapter 2: Evaluation Culture: A Launching Platform for Utilization
Bastiaan de Laat
Chapter 3: Evaluator, Evaluand, Evaluation Commissioner: A Tricky Triangle
Nancy Porteous, Steve Montague
Chapter 4: Fostering evaluative thinking : tactics and tips
Bastiaan de Laat, Kevin Williams
Chapter 6: Evaluation use within one of the world’s largest consumers of evaluations: the European Commission
Frans Leeuw
Chapter 8: Commissioning and Quality Control of Theory-Driven Evaluations: The Dutch Case
Penny Hawkins
Chapter 7: Evaluation Management: Balancing Independence, Quality, and Use
Erica Wimbush
Chapter 9: Knowledge to Action: Re-shaping the Role of Evaluation in a National Public Health Agency
Maria J. Santamaria Hergueta, Deepak Thapa, Alan Schnur
Chapter 5: Evaluation policy and practice in a changing environment: Evolution of the evaluation function in the World Health Organization (WHO)

This book is valuable to those involved in the evaluation of public organisations. Particularly insightful is the realization that similar challenges faced in various organizations are addressed with very different solutions.

Andreas Balthasar
University of Lucerne
LeGes

"Overall, this is a good book that is neatly organized. The book can be used in teaching because the examples provide realistic flesh and blood to supplement new students’ learning of dry evaluation theory. Pedagogical discussion questions follow each chapter...Let me add that, as a reader, I feel reassured that the editors and authors collectively are experienced and competent."

Peter Dahler-Larsen
American Journal of Evaluation

The book focused on specific organisational structures that were not applicable to global industries . However, it would help to widen the perspectives of my students.

Dr Mohab Abou-Elkawam
Lairdside Maritime Centre, Liverpool John Moores University
May 19, 2015

This book is useful in understanding how to evaluate practice.

Mrs Hawwa Haide
Adult Education, hanifah Community Initiative
March 30, 2015

Really easy to read and understand with great examples of lessons learned.

Ms Cath Wright
occupational therapy, University of Teesside
September 29, 2014

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