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Rigour (-mortis) in evaluation

Reynolds, M. (2015). Rigour (-mortis) in evaluation. Evaluation Connections: The European Evaluation Society Newsletter, June 2015, Special Edition, pp.2-4.

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Evaluation-in-practice can be regarded as a confluence of interactions between three broad idealised sets of stakeholders – the evaluand, evaluators, and commissioners of evaluations. Elsewhere I have suggested two contrasting manifestations in which these interactions might be expressed; one as an ‘evaluation-industrial complex’ (similar in form to the ‘military-industrial complex’ originally used by Dwight Eisenhower in 1961), and another as a more benign ‘evaluation-adaptive complex’ (Reynolds, 2015).

Building on the idea of an iron triangle that empowers the military-industrial complex, I represented the relationships of evaluation-in-practice as a triadic interplay involving six activities that influence the evaluation process. Here I focus on only one of the six activities – commissioning – and I summarise what it might look like for an evaluation-adaptive complex.

Item Type: Other
Copyright Holders: 2015 Martin Reynolds
Extra Information: Newsletter of the European Evaluation Society (EES)
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Engineering and Innovation
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Research Group: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
Item ID: 43259
Depositing User: Martin Reynolds
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2015 10:24
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2018 08:32
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