Program Evaluation and Contracting Out Government Services

This article suggests an important role for program evaluation skills in contracting out government services. Contracting out is being increasingly viewed as a practical and efficient alternative to governmental production of services. Key steps in the contracting out process offer opportunities to utilize program evaluation skills. Further, because contractors are held at arms length, program managers who monitor and evaluate contracts can do so without the conflict of interest problems arising when they are involved in evaluations of their own programs.

The Evaluation of Tax Measures

The authors contend that tax measures can and should be evaluated using the same principles as program evaluation. Funding programs and tax measures are viewed as essentially similar in their objectives and implementation, and therefore subject to similar imperatives and constraints in terms of evaluation. The authors examine some of the characteristics of tax measures, their similarities to, and differences from, funding programs, and how these affect their evaluability. Special attention is focussed on the special problems of defining objectives, and measuring costs and benefits.

What Should Be the Effect of Value Pluralism in Evaluation?

IT has become a commonplace belief that our society is value pluralistic. This paper xplores the effects of value pluralism on the growing discipline of evaluation. One of these effects appears to be an uncritical acceptance of value pluralism as the way things ought to be. Another is the burgeoning set of qualitative methodologies in which there are multiple realities or patterns of “truth”. The implications of these effects for practising evaluators are explored and the argument is made that the effect of the value pluralism should not be an uncritical acceptance of all values, but a deeper search for worthwhileness in values.

Strengthening the Dialogue between Program Evaluation and Market Research: Toward Ongoing Monitoring and Evaluation Systems (OMES)

The author examines the relationship between program evaluation and market research. He compares the two fields along a series of dimensions finding important similarities and differences. A surprising lack of interaction is noted which the author feels is an unfortunate situation. He speculates why this relative aut exists and then proposes a rationale nd method for strengthening the dialogue between program evaluation and market research. In addition to general arguments for benefits to program evaluation from selectively appropriating some of the style of methods of market research, he proposes a specific hybrid approach which he defines as ongoing monitoring and evaluation systems (OMES). The essential conceptual, methodological and practical ingredients of an OMES are presented along with several concrete examples.

Some views on "Effectiveness: reporting and auditing on the public sector"


A comment on "Effectiveness: reporting and auditing on the public sector"


Efficacité - La communication et la vérification de l'information sur l'efficacité dans le secteur public. Un rapport de la Fondation canadienne pour la vérification intégrée (FCVI)


Commentaire sur l'étude de l'Efficacité par la Fonction canadienne pour la vérification intégrée


A review of "Effectiveness: Reporting and auditing in the public sector"


Effectiveness: Reporting and auditing in the public sector - a step forward, backward, or sideways?


A comment on "Effectiveness: Reporting and auditing in the public sector" - a step forward, backward, or sideways?


Victim-Offeder Reconciliation Program (VORP) Evaluation Issues

The victim offender reconciliation (VORP) concept originated in Ontario in 1973; subsequently program applications have occurred in other parts of Canada, the United States, England, and theFederal Republic of Grmany. Most VORP's are small, grass roots organizations but as these programs mature and seek continuation funding they are likely to encounter demands for program evaluation. For evaluations to be useful VORP program managers and evaluators will need to direct explicit attention to goals for VORP's, the place of the concept of reconciliation in VORP programs, the purpose of evaluations, and the development of easily understood formats for presentation of statistical information.