Journal article

‘Improvement focused’ evaluation of place-based initiatives: An examination of three methodologies

L Heery, L Naccarella, R McKenzie

Evaluation Journal of Australasia | Published : 2018

Abstract

Place-based initiatives offer a comprehensive, whole-of-community approach to solving complex problems. Impact evaluation of complex initiatives is challenging and alternative ‘improvement focused’ methodologies, such as developmental evaluation, action research and quality improvement, are being used. Limited understanding exists about how these methodologies work when used in place-based initiatives, which contexts they are individually best suited to and what they can achieve. This article examines the methodologies of developmental evaluation, action research and quality improvement when applied to the evaluation of place-based initiatives. The approach used a realist evaluation methodol..

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