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