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Government, implementation and evaluation: the viability and evaluability of national policy programs
Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Social Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2752-4088
2010 (English)In: Annual conferens of the American Evaluation Association, San Antonio, Texas, USA, 2010Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In many countries, the government is using state subsidies to promote local authorities to improve, e.g., social welfare services. But evaluations of these initiatives often show small effects compared to the politicians´ goals. In the paper we present results from a Swedish study including eight larger national programs aimed at promoting local authorities’ social services. The aim is to analyze and discuss if success or failure to achieve the national goals of the programs can be related to unrealistic political ambitions, to the implementation process, to limitations or deficiencies in the evaluations, or to all three. The first two issues are analysed within a political science model, and in the latter case data availability and evaluation designs are focused. In the light of the results, program theoretical, ethical and qualitative issues in evaluation are discussed.

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San Antonio, Texas, USA, 2010.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-5101OAI: oai:dalea.du.se:5101DiVA: diva2:522219
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Annual conferens of the American Evaluation Association , San Antonio, Texas, USA, 10-13 oktober, 2010
Available from: 2010-11-30 Created: 2010-11-30 Last updated: 2015-03-31Bibliographically approved

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