Learning Through Evaluation? Reflections on Two Federal Community-Building InitiativesCanadian Journal of Program Evaluation (2009)
AbstractIn recent years, the federal government has launched numerous pilot projects to tackle complex, localized policy problems through new modes of governance involving vertical engagement with community-based organizations and horizontal collaboration across departments. A key purpose of these time-limited projects is policy learning, with an emphasis on action research and stakeholder dialogue to inform future innovation. However, realizing the possibilities for learning through pilot projects requires evaluation frameworks sensitive to the particular challenges of collaborative and community-based policy making. Through comparative case study analysis of two recent federal pilot projects, we highlight tensions in prevailing approaches and explore strategies for better alignment of federal evaluation frameworks with the needs and capacities of local communities.
Publication DateSpring 2009
Citation InformationNeil Bradford and Jill Chouinard. "Learning Through Evaluation? Reflections on Two Federal Community-Building Initiatives" Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation Vol. 24 Iss. 1 (2009)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/neil_bradford/34/