Building Evaluation Capacity: Definitional and Practical Implications from an Australian Case Study

Naccarella, L., Pirkis, J., Kohn, F., Morley, B., Burgess, P. and Blashki, G. (2007) Building Evaluation Capacity: Definitional and Practical Implications from an Australian Case Study. Evaluation And Program Planning, 30 3: 231-236. doi:10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2007.05.001


Author Naccarella, L.
Pirkis, J.
Kohn, F.
Morley, B.
Burgess, P.
Blashki, G.
Title Building Evaluation Capacity: Definitional and Practical Implications from an Australian Case Study
Journal name Evaluation And Program Planning   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0149-7189
Publication date 2007-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2007.05.001
Open Access Status
Volume 30
Issue 3
Start page 231
End page 236
Total pages 6
Editor Jonathan A Morell
Place of publication Oxford
Publisher Pergamon-elsevier Science Ltd
Language eng
Subject C1
321204 Mental Health
730211 Mental health
Abstract Internationally, evaluation capacity- building activities have mushroomed as demands have increased for government-funded programs to demonstrate that they are effective and efficient. Despite this, there is a lack of clarity in the way in which evaluation capacity-building is defined and conceptualized. The current paper presents a case study of a national evaluation capacity building exercise that we are in the midst of conducting in Australia, and discusses the findings in relation to definitional, conceptual and practical issues. Specifically, we describe an evaluation capacity building exercise involving over 100 mental health projects, detailing the methods that we employ, some of the challenges that we have faced, and the benefits we feel we are achieving. Our key message is that definitions of evaluation capacity-building should not only make reference to equipping organizations to routinely conduct evaluations, but should also stress the varied uses to which evaluation findings can be put. In addition, such definitions should acknowledge some of the valuable by-products of evaluation capacity building activities, such as the development of shared understandings of the program or project being evaluated.(C) 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Keyword Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary
evaluation capacity building
mental health
general practice
Mental-health-care
Outcomes
Impact
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

 
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