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The politics of evaluationParticipation and policy implementation$
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David Taylor and Susan Balloch

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9781861346063

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861346063.001.0001

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Evaluating a partnership approach to supporting people into employment

Evaluating a partnership approach to supporting people into employment

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(p.175) Eleven Evaluating a partnership approach to supporting people into employment
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The politics of evaluation
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Hilary Arksey

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861346063.003.0012

This chapter examines a partnership approach in Sunderland to supporting people into employment. It identifies ways to improve partnership working. It discusses how partner members from similar organisations found advantages in cooperating rather than competing and were motivated through sharing useful information and applying their new knowledge to their own organisations. It notes that it was easier to influence internal rather than external problems, suggesting that a ‘realistic evaluation’ understanding stakeholders' perceptions may be futile if the wider macro-context is not supportive. It employs the case study to extend Piachaud's framework of types of capital.

Keywords:   partnership approach, employment, organisations, evaluation, stakeholders, capital

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