Assessing the impact of policy interventions: the influence of evaluation methodology

Francis J. Greene*

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Abstract

Using the case of the Prince's Trust, the preeminent UK youth enterprise programme, I investigate how different evaluation methodologies generate radically different evidence of the impact of the programme. The key result is that simpler forms of evaluation tend to provide positive support for this programme, whereas more sophisticated evaluations are not so positive. I discuss the implications of this for the way stakeholders should view evaluations. I urge caution about the claims made for programmes that receive only lighter forms of evaluation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)216-229
Number of pages14
JournalEnvironment and Planning C: Government and Policy
Volume27
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2009
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • employment

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