Qualitative control: Government framework for qualitative evaluation

Kushner, S. (2005) Qualitative control: Government framework for qualitative evaluation. Evaluation, 11 (1). pp. 111-122. ISSN 1356-3890 Available from: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/6668

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1356389005053194


In 2003 the British Cabinet Office published a guide to the assessment of qualitative evaluations - principally for use by sponsoring government agencies. This was a significant - possible unique - moment in which qualitative approaches in this most important area of social action were affirmed and promoted by central government - in contrast to central authorities in the USA, for example, some of which have imposed sanctions against qualitative enquiry. This paper provides a balanced analysis and critique of the guide, arguing, for example, that it offers legitimacy to programme evaluation practices that are under frequent threat. However, the paper also argues that the guide suffers from a lack of understanding of evaluation as a professional practice and as a political process. The publication was an opportunity to bring this event to the attention of the evaluation community.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:ethics frameworks, policy, qualitative evaluation
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education > Department of Education and Childhood
ID Code:6668
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Deposited On:22 Jan 2010 15:13
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