Marie-Pier Marchand

Fall

L’évaluateur et la sagesse pratique : vecteurs essentiels pour assurer la crédibilité de l’évaluation

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223-235

This article revisits data collected during previous research conducted by Hurteau and Houle (2008). At the time, the researchers were not able to account for the evaluator’s personal skills to pilot an evaluation, the results of which were acceptable to the stakeholders, and to conduct a comprehensive analysis, for lack of an appropriate theoretical framework. By introducing the concept of practical wisdom, House (2015) offers them the opportunity to do so. The author defines this concept as “... doing the right thing in the special circumstances of performing the job” (p. 88). In addition, Schwartz and Sharpe (2010) offer criteria used to establish its presence. The current approach consisted of analyzing the testimony of an experienced police officer. The results helped to improve our understanding of the concept, highlighting the contribution of Telos (moral values) as well as additional criteria such as the importance of time for reflection and the need to supplement the information where necessary.

Où en sommes-nous avec l’implication des parties prenantes?

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Pages:
189-201

This paper focuses on stakeholders’ involvement in program evaluation and provides an overview of the current literature on this topic. The paper aims to conceptualize stakeholders’ involvement from the definition of key dimensions related to this theme, in particular by addressing the concept of stakeholders, discussing different approaches and various forms of stakeholders’ involvement, and identifying criteria for selection. The author tries to highlight the added value of using an evaluation process involving stakeholders, while exposing the issues related to such an exercise.

Special Issue

Regards sur l’expérience de la Commission de révision permanente des programmes au Québec

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394-411

This paper focuses on the work done by the Commission de révision permanente des programmes (CRPP) in Quebec. Based on a literature review, we present: 1) a description of the CRPP including the context surrounding its creation, its approach, the content of its reports as well as its recommendations; and 2) a portrait of the influence of the CRPP by exploring whether or not government decisions have taken its recommendations into account. The findings that emerge from our analysis lead us to conclude that the recommendations of the CRPP have not fully been implemented, but that they had an influence or a symbolic role in relation to the recent budget cuts undertaken by the government. They also contributed to the institutionalization of a new permanent spending review mechanism. In our discussion, we raise a number of questions, including the nature of the work of the CRPP and the linkage between review exercises and the evaluative function within government.