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En utvärderings inflytande - mer än bara ord

Samuelson, Karin (2003)
School of Social Work
Abstract
This thesis is a meta-evaluation of a specific evaluation; "Demokrati och delaktighet? Delrapport om Storstadssatsningen i Fosie, Hyllie och Södra Innerstaden" . My thesis concerns two of the three district city councils mentioned in the title, in the City of Malmö, and their way of handling the government initiative Storstadssatsningen. The initiative is aiming to promote strategies to improve the conditions in socially disadvantaged neighborhoods in Sweden. The evaluation in question has evaluated the effects the different local strategies have had on the neighborhoods regarding democracy and participation among the marginalized population. The local city councils are Fosie and Södra Innerstaden. Meta-evaluation is a branch of the... (More)
This thesis is a meta-evaluation of a specific evaluation; "Demokrati och delaktighet? Delrapport om Storstadssatsningen i Fosie, Hyllie och Södra Innerstaden" . My thesis concerns two of the three district city councils mentioned in the title, in the City of Malmö, and their way of handling the government initiative Storstadssatsningen. The initiative is aiming to promote strategies to improve the conditions in socially disadvantaged neighborhoods in Sweden. The evaluation in question has evaluated the effects the different local strategies have had on the neighborhoods regarding democracy and participation among the marginalized population. The local city councils are Fosie and Södra Innerstaden. Meta-evaluation is a branch of the evaluation-discipline which is studying the role played by an evaluation's design, function and user-context. This thesis is a case study, focused on the dimension of use in two local contexts. My study is therefore based in a local policy context. The aim of my study was to inquire, through interviews, into how the evaluation results were received in the district city councils and among the civil servants, and if the evaluation had any consequences and/or effects. I was using Carol H. Weiss perspective on evaluation use in a policy context as a starting point. The initial question I based my inquiry on was if her perspective was applicable on a Swedish evaluation context. I also asked whether the evaluation design developed by the evaluators and the presentation had any effects on the dimension of use. I also tried to ascertain if the conception of use in the two districts were different and if differences in the organizational make-up and attitude influenced the likelihood that the evaluation would be used. Finally, I also inquired into the different challenges there are in implementing policies and programs with a democracy and participation aim in the districts. I found that Weiss perspective was very much applicable on a Swedish evaluation context. Combined with Karen E. Kirkharts' analytical framework it became even more useable. The design of the evaluation and the presentation was important aspects as well. My findings did not say much about the role the organizational make-up played. What I did find however was that the attitudes to evaluation in general among the civil servants had a great influence on the possibility for an evaluation to influence an organizations learning trajectory. There were differences between the two districts in this. I mostly found evidence of enlightenment use of the evaluation results, but there were indications on more instrumental models of use in one of the districts. In addition I found that the relationship and co-operation between the evaluators and the program or project was important for the reception and the possibility of use of the evaluation results when the report was published. (Less)
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author
Samuelson, Karin
supervisor
organization
year
type
H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
subject
keywords
Social problems and welfare, national insurance, Sociala problem, social välfärd, socialförsäkring
language
Swedish
id
1358540
date added to LUP
2004-11-08 00:00:00
date last changed
2004-11-08 00:00:00
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  abstract     = {This thesis is a meta-evaluation of a specific evaluation; "Demokrati och delaktighet? Delrapport om Storstadssatsningen i Fosie, Hyllie och Södra Innerstaden" . My thesis concerns two of the three district city councils mentioned in the title, in the City of Malmö, and their way of handling the government initiative Storstadssatsningen. The initiative is aiming to promote strategies to improve the conditions in socially disadvantaged neighborhoods in Sweden. The evaluation in question has evaluated the effects the different local strategies have had on the neighborhoods regarding democracy and participation among the marginalized population. The local city councils are Fosie and Södra Innerstaden. Meta-evaluation is a branch of the evaluation-discipline which is studying the role played by an evaluation's design, function and user-context. This thesis is a case study, focused on the dimension of use in two local contexts. My study is therefore based in a local policy context. The aim of my study was to inquire, through interviews, into how the evaluation results were received in the district city councils and among the civil servants, and if the evaluation had any consequences and/or effects. I was using Carol H. Weiss perspective on evaluation use in a policy context as a starting point. The initial question I based my inquiry on was if her perspective was applicable on a Swedish evaluation context. I also asked whether the evaluation design developed by the evaluators and the presentation had any effects on the dimension of use. I also tried to ascertain if the conception of use in the two districts were different and if differences in the organizational make-up and attitude influenced the likelihood that the evaluation would be used. Finally, I also inquired into the different challenges there are in implementing policies and programs with a democracy and participation aim in the districts. I found that Weiss perspective was very much applicable on a Swedish evaluation context. Combined with Karen E. Kirkharts' analytical framework it became even more useable. The design of the evaluation and the presentation was important aspects as well. My findings did not say much about the role the organizational make-up played. What I did find however was that the attitudes to evaluation in general among the civil servants had a great influence on the possibility for an evaluation to influence an organizations learning trajectory. There were differences between the two districts in this. I mostly found evidence of enlightenment use of the evaluation results, but there were indications on more instrumental models of use in one of the districts. In addition I found that the relationship and co-operation between the evaluators and the program or project was important for the reception and the possibility of use of the evaluation results when the report was published.},
  author       = {Samuelson, Karin},
  keyword      = {Social problems and welfare, national insurance,Sociala problem, social välfärd, socialförsäkring},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {En utvärderings inflytande - mer än bara ord},
  year         = {2003},
}