CECAN Seminar - "We ask both too much and too little of program evaluators"
We'd like to extend our thanks to Professor Saville Kushner who gave an excellent talk on behalf of CECAN at the Food Standards Agency on 9th October. If you missed the seminar, you will find a synopsis and the movie/slides available below:
In asking evaluators to define ‘success’ and ‘failure’ we ask too much – the range of views and criteria is too diverse and volatile to pin down; to limit the evaluator to measuring pre-specified results and to ignore life in programmes – aspirations, competitions, values, politics, humanity - is asking too little. We have, as a result, focused too hard on programme productivity and not enough on programme quality. But here we are. Over the past 20 years the field of evaluation has, arguably, advanced by shedding ideas and setting aside challenges and narrowed itself into a cul-de-sac of outcomes measurement and impact assessment – unwittingly cast itself as the outrider of public sector decline.