An examination of selected issues in contemporary program management

Stibe, Tom (1993) An examination of selected issues in contemporary program management The University of Queensland:

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Author Stibe, Tom
Title of report An examination of selected issues in contemporary program management
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Publication date 1993
Place of publication The University of Queensland
Total pages 56
Language eng
Subjects 1503 Business and Management
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This Report addresses particular elements of the theory and practice of program evaluation in the United States and Australia. The content of the Report reflects the emphasis to important issues in the program evaluation literature coming out of the respective countries.

The central issues covered are: the evolution of program evaluation; the choice between experimental and non-experimental research designs; the role of program evaluation as part of the system of program management applied to the public sector in Australia; the impact of partisan and bureaucratic politics on program evaluation; and factors affecting the utilisation of evaluation findings.

A review of the literature reveals that politicians and bureaucrats can manipulate administrative systems to produce outcomes at variance with stated program goals. The practice of program evaluation is susceptible to similar interference, with the result that the utility of evaluation findings is diminished. One means of neutralising these influences is to address more closely the information needs of key stakeholders.

Survey results indicate that program monitoring and evaluation is underdeveloped in Australia. As the consequence, the system of program management remains fundamentally flawed.

Document type: Research Report
Collection: MBA reports
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