Preface - Marlene Laubli Loud 1. Issues in Enhancing Evaluation Use - John Mayne 2. Evaluator, Evaluand, Evaluation Commissioner: A Tricky Triangle - Bastiaan de Laat 3. Evaluation Management: Lessons From New Zealand and International Development Evaluation - Penny Hawkins 4. Institutionalization and Evaluation Culture-Interplay Between the One and the Other: Lessons From the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) - Marlene Laubli Loud 5. Reshaping Evaluation to Enhance Utilization in Scotland: The Role of Intermediary Bodies in Knowledge-to-Action Strategies - Erica Wimbush 6. From Discrete Evaluations to a More Holistic Organizational Approach: The Case of the Public Health Agency of Canada - Nancy Porteous and Steve Montague 7. Evaluation Use Within the European Commission (EC): Lessons for the Evaluation Commissioner - Bastiaan de Laat and Kevin Williams 8. Evaluation Policy and Practice in a Changing Environment: Evolution of the Evaluation Function in the World Health Organization (WHO) - Maria Santamaria, Alan Schnur, and Deepak Thapa 9. Building for Utilization: The Case of the International Labour Organization (ILO) - Janet Neubecker, Matthew Ripley, and Craig Russon 10. What Can We Learn From Practitioners? Some Thoughts and Take-Home Messages for Internal Evaluation Units - Marlene Laubli Loud Index About the Editors About the Contributors
Marlene Laubli Loud (DPhil) is currently an independent consultant and trainer in public sector evaluation. She has worked with a range of organizations, small and large, including the European Commission, the World Health Organization, the United Nations Evaluation Group, the UK Department of Employment, UK Health Promotion Agency (now merged and become NICE), and the English National Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting. She was head of the Research and Evaluation Unit at the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (SFOPH) for nearly twenty years where she gained much experience in evaluation management, and especially in the ways and means for improving the use and utility of evaluation in organizations. She continues to have a keen theoretical and practical interest in this area and is now leading a working group for the Swiss Evaluation Society (SEVAL) on competencies for evaluation managers. Prior to her work with the SFOPH, she was an independent evaluator in the UK, specializing in the evaluation of developmental programs in health and general education. She was also a research fellow at the Department of Education, University of Surrey, and in the Social Science Faculty, University of Oxford, UK. Marlene has facilitated several workshops on public sector evaluation for a range of health and other practitioners. She was a session lecturer in the University of Fribourg's Sociology and Social Policy master's program for more than 10 years, and a guest lecturer at several other Swiss universities. She is a member of the European Evaluation Society and the SEVAL. She served on the SEVAL Executive Committee for more than 10 years with special responsibility for professional development. Marlene has many years international experience too. She has worked in several countries including Algeria, Switzerland, the UK, and Italy. She was also part-time Director of the European Office of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War-winner of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize. John Mayne (PhD) is an independent advisor on public sector performance. He has been working with a number of organizations and jurisdictions around the world, including several agencies of the UN and development banks, a number of governments and international NGOs, the European Union, the OECD and several Canadian federal departments on results management, evaluation, and accountability issues. Until 2004, he was at the Office of the Auditor General where he led efforts at developing practices for effective managing for results and performance reporting in the government of Canada, as well as leading the office's audit efforts in accountability and governance. Prior to 1995, John was with the Canadian Treasury Board Secretariat and Office of the Comptroller General. He has authored numerous articles and reports on results management, evaluation, and evaluation methodologies and edited five books in the areas of evaluation, public administration, and performance monitoring. In 1989 and in 1995, he was awarded the Canadian Evaluation Society Award for Contribution to Evaluation in Canada. In 2006, he became a Canadian Evaluation Society Fellow.
"Overall, this is a good book that is neatly organized. The book can be used in teaching because the examples provide realistic flesh and blood to supplement new students' learning of dry evaluation theory. Pedagogical discussion questions follow each chapter...Let me add that, as a reader, I feel reassured that the editors and authors collectively are experienced and competent." -- Peter Dahler-Larsen This book is valuable to those involved in the evaluation of public organisations. Particularly insightful is the realization that similar challenges faced in various organizations are addressed with very different solutions. -- Andreas Balthasar * LeGes *