Evaluating local implementation: An evidence based approach.

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Wond, Tracey and Macaulay, Michael 2010. Evaluating local implementation: An evidence based approach. Policy and Society. https://doi.org//10.1016/j.polsoc.2010.03.008
AuthorsWond, Tracey and Macaulay, Michael
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.

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.

KeywordsEvaluation; Policy; Public administration; Evidence based policy
Year2010
JournalPolicy and Society
PublisherTaylor & Francis
ISSN14494035
18393373
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org//10.1016/j.polsoc.2010.03.008
Web address (URL)http://hdl.handle.net/10545/621999
hdl:10545/621999
Publication datesMar 2010
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ContributorsUniversity of Teesside
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