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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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Can social capital be a framework for participative evaluation of community health work?

Can social capital be a framework for participative evaluation of community health work?

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(p.223) Fourteen Can social capital be a framework for participative evaluation of community health work?
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The politics of evaluation
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Jennie Fleming

Thilo Boeck

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861346063.003.0015

This chapter explores how the concept of social capital can be adapted and employed as a tool for participative evaluation of community-based work. It considers social capital as an excellent framework for evaluation and one which allows people to demonstrate the impact of their work with communities and inform their own practice and project development. It notes that the key feature of the framework is that learning must be shared. It highlights the need to offer training to local participants about social capital, employ local people or community members as workers, adopt a flexible and responsive management style, support the collection of both quantitative and qualitative data, and provide long-term funding for initiatives.

Keywords:   social capital, community-based work, project development, learning, training, management style, funding

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