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Defining, achieving and evaluating collaborative outcomes: a theory of change approach

Guarneros-Meza, Valeria, Downe, James and Martin, Stephen 2018. Defining, achieving and evaluating collaborative outcomes: a theory of change approach. Public Management Review 20 (10) , pp. 1562-1580. 10.1080/14719037.2017.1383782

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Governments have repeatedly claimed that collaboration improves public service outcomes. However, defining, achieving and evaluating collaborative outcomes is often problematic. Analysis of multi-sectoral projects in Wales, which were supported by the European Social Fund, exemplifies these challenges. Shifts in policy discourses and the interplay between national and local agendas produced complex and contested understandings of outcomes which made difficult to evaluate the projects’ achievements. We argue that the pursuit of collaboration needs to be understood not simply as an attempt to improve public service effectiveness but also ‘cultural efficacy’. The conclusions offer reflections relevant for theory and practice.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1471-9037
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 10 October 2017
Date of Acceptance: 15 September 2017
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2020 14:30

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