You are here

Enhancing Evaluation Use

Enhancing Evaluation Use
Insights from Internal Evaluation Units

First Edition

April 2013 | 288 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Enhancing Evaluation Use: Insights from Internal Evaluation Units offers invaluable insights from real evaluators who share strategies they have adopted through their own experiences in evaluation. Readers will learn about the challenges, solutions, and lessons drawn from the experience of evaluators working in a wide range of organizations. Referencing the latest literature, contributors discuss factors that help or undermine attempts to foster an evaluative thinking and learning culture within an organization. Applicable in a wide range of situations, their accounts demonstrate the initiative and innovative thinking they use to address challenges in various, sometimes complex, evaluation settings. Questions at the end of each chapter stimulate thought and discussions about the issues raised and allow readers to apply their findings to their own situations.
Marlène Läubli Loud
John Mayne
1. Issues in Enhancing Evaluation Use
Bastiaan de Laat
2. Evaluator, Evaluand, Evaluation Commissioner: A Tricky Triangle
Penny Hawkins
3. Evaluation Management: Lessons From New Zealand and International Development Evaluation
Marlène Läubli Loud
4. Institutionalization and Evaluation Culture—Interplay Between the One and the Other: Lessons From the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH)
Erica Wimbush
5. Reshaping Evaluation to Enhance Utilization in Scotland: The Role of Intermediary Bodies in Knowledge-to-Action Strategies
Nancy Porteous and Steve Montague
6. From Discrete Evaluations to a More Holistic Organizational Approach: The Case of the Public Health Agency of Canada
Bastiaan de Laat and Kevin Williams
7. Evaluation Use Within the European Commission (EC): Lessons for the Evaluation Commissioner
Maria Santamaria, Alan Schnur, and Deepak Thapa
8. Evaluation Policy and Practice in a Changing Environment: Evolution of the Evaluation Function in the World Health Organization (WHO)
Janet Neubecker, Matthew Ripley, and Craig Russon
9. Building for Utilization: The Case of the International Labour Organization (ILO)
Marlène Läubli Loud
10. What Can We Learn From Practitioners? Some Thoughts and Take-Home Messages for Internal Evaluation Units
About the Editors
About the Contributors

This book is valuable to those involved in the evaluation of public organisations. Particularly insightful is the realization that similar challenges faced in various organizations are addressed with very different solutions.

Andreas Balthasar
University of Lucerne

"Overall, this is a good book that is neatly organized. The book can be used in teaching because the examples provide realistic flesh and blood to supplement new students’ learning of dry evaluation theory. Pedagogical discussion questions follow each chapter...Let me add that, as a reader, I feel reassured that the editors and authors collectively are experienced and competent."

Peter Dahler-Larsen
American Journal of Evaluation

The book focused on specific organisational structures that were not applicable to global industries . However, it would help to widen the perspectives of my students.

Dr Mohab Abou-Elkawam
Lairdside Maritime Centre, Liverpool John Moores University
April 27, 2016

This book is useful in understanding how to evaluate practice.

Mrs Hawwa Haide
Adult Education, hanifah Community Initiative
March 30, 2015

Really easy to read and understand with great examples of lessons learned.

Ms Cath Wright
occupational therapy, University of Teesside
September 29, 2014

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

Chapter 7

Marlene Laubli Loud

Marlène Läubli Loud (DPhil) is currently an independent consultant and trainer in public sector evaluation. She has worked with a range of organizations, small and large, including the European Commission, the World Health Organization, the United Nations Evaluation Group, the UK Department of Employment, UK Health Promotion Agency (now merged and become NICE), and the English National Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting. She was head of the Research and Evaluation Unit at the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (SFOPH) for nearly twenty years where she gained much experience in evaluation management, and especially in the... More About Author

John Mayne

John Mayne (PhD) is an independent advisor on public sector performance. He has been working with a number of organizations and jurisdictions around the world, including several agencies of the UN and development banks, a number of governments and international NGOs, the European Union, the OECD and several Canadian federal departments on results management, evaluation, and accountability issues. Until 2004, he was at the Office of the Auditor General where he led efforts at developing practices for effective managing for results and performance reporting in the government of Canada, as well as leading the office’s audit efforts in... More About Author

Purchasing options

Please select a format:

ISBN: 9781452205472

SAGE Research Methods is a research methods tool created to help researchers, faculty and students with their research projects. SAGE Research Methods links over 175,000 pages of SAGE’s renowned book, journal and reference content with truly advanced search and discovery tools. Researchers can explore methods concepts to help them design research projects, understand particular methods or identify a new method, conduct their research, and write up their findings. Since SAGE Research Methods focuses on methodology rather than disciplines, it can be used across the social sciences, health sciences, and more.