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Title: State of evaluation globally
Authors: Dassah, Maurice Oscar 
Uken, E. 
Keywords: State of evaluation;Effective evaluation systems;Developing countries;Africa
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: South African Association of Public Administration and Management (SAAPAM)
Source: Dassah, M.O. & Uken, E. (2008). State of evaluation globally. Journal of Public Administration, 43(2): 174-188
Abstract: Evaluation is a modern term for a practice that dates back to antiquity. It has an international, transnational and global dimension. The elasticity of evaluation implies that evaluation is carried out by governments in different countries covering a wide range of activities. The diversity of evaluands, approaches, influences and practices hold important lessons for countries contemplating to adopt the evaluation technique. This article sketches the state of evaluation in 21 countries across four continents, tabulating various characteristics for comparison purposes. It locates each within a decade called first-, second- and third-wave, referring to when evaluation was first adopted in that country. Some key features are discussed, including globalisation of evaluation; factors that influenced its adoption; location of evaluation jurisdiction - push-pull mechanisms; education, training, professionalisation and supply of expertise; approaches to adoption; utilisation; and prospects. The role of the African Evaluation Association and factors militating against establishing more effective evaluation systems in developing countries, particularly in Africa, are briefly examined.
ISSN: 00360767
Appears in Collections:FID - Journal Articles (DHET subsidised)

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