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Participatory evaluation: A missing component in the sustainable social change equation for public services

Waterhouse, Jennifer M. & Keast, Robyn L. (2006) Participatory evaluation: A missing component in the sustainable social change equation for public services. Strategic Change, 15(1), pp. 23-35.

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Abstract

This article draws on a case study of organizational change with the Queensland public sector to showcase the contribution participatory approaches to evaluation make to sustained change. Key points outlined in the paper include: changes in human service organizations generally, and child welfare services in particular, have been proven to be difficult to achieve and sustain. Participatory processes including participatory evaluation are presented as key strategies to enhance the uptake of social and organizational change initiatives. Parallels to continuous change models are found within policy formulation and evaluation theories. In particular, participative evaluation models share similarities to continuous change models through their reliance on self-evaluation and self-determination as means of promoting change. A theoretical contribution to organizational change theories is made through the development of a change model that includes a participatory evaluation component as part of the equation for sustainable change. It is proposed that this model has a wider practical application.

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ID Code: 8552
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: For more information, please refer to the journal’s website (see hypertext link) or contact the author. Author contact details: j.waterhouse@qut.edu.au
Keywords: sustainable social, Queensland change, public services
DOI: 10.1002/jsc.744
ISSN: 1086-1718
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 John Wiley & Son
Deposited On: 11 Jul 2007
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:23

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