Facilitating Instrumental Utilization for Policy Development in a Multi-Site, Inter-Ministerially Sponsored Human Service Program
This article focuses on the instrumental utilization of evaluation findings to assist in the development of program policy, including a brief review of some of the literature in this area. The context from which examples are drawn is an innovative human service program/policy that involves multiple funding ministries and participating agencies. A number of instances of the instrumental utilization of findings from an evaluation of multi-site policy and program implementation are discussed.
This article describes the steps taken by the authors to establish a stakeholder advisory group for a major evaluation project. The authors argue that use of the advisory group enhanced utilization of the evaluation project's findings.
This article discusses measurement issues that arise when evaluators attempt to assess the meaning and extent of integrated service delivery in human services programs. Service integration is a concept that is currently enjoying a major revival. Current social policy directions (especially on the part of the Ontario government) reflect a renewed will to implement integrated service delivery models in human service programs and organizations.
This article reports surveys results obtained from 69.3% of the Canadian Evaluation Society (CES) members listed in the 1988 membership directory. Only 310 (58.4%) of the 530 survey respondents had completed a Canadian program evaluation in the years 1985 through 1987. Of those who had completed an evaluation during this period, 11.3% were unaware of how their results had been utilized. The remaining 275 CES members supplied data oil the extent of their evaluation activity that demonstrated high variability between CES members and revealed that a minority were full-time evaluators.