Outsource Versus In-House? An Identification of Organizational Conditions Influencing the Choice for Internal or External Evaluators

An evaluation can be conducted in-house or can be outsourced to an external party. Yet organizations do not always have full discretion to decide on the locus for evaluation implementation. Certain attributes often push the organization in one direction or another. Via a systematic pairwise comparison of attributes of 18 organizations in the Flemish (Belgian) public sector, we were able to indicate the conditions that matter most in determining the locus of policy evaluation implementation.