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A mixed method study of propensity for participatory evaluation


  • Smits, Pernelle A.
  • Champagne, François
  • Brodeur, Jean-Marc


One way to increase the use of evaluation results is practical participatory evaluation (PPE), which enables non-evaluator participants to join the evaluation process in a participatory mode. We examined the propensity for PPE of health professionals by focusing on four components: learning, working in groups, using judgment and using systematic methods. We interviewed the professionals at a Haitian health institution to determine their positioning on a scale of propensity (low, medium and high) for the four components. The professionals defined each component in relation to the energy puts into them, being more or less proactive. Facilitating elements for all three levels of propensity integration included past positive experiences, external pressure and a desire for better individual and organizational performance. Impeding factors included a lack of available resources perceived responsibilities and commitments toward private patients. The reported advantages included improved organizational performance and idea sharing, and the disadvantages included availability of, difficulty implementing solutions and altered human relationships.

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  • Smits, Pernelle A. & Champagne, François & Brodeur, Jean-Marc, 2011. "A mixed method study of propensity for participatory evaluation," Evaluation and Program Planning, Elsevier, vol. 34(3), pages 217-227, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:epplan:v:34:y:2011:i:3:p:217-227

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    1. Turnbull, B., 1999. "The mediating effect of participation efficacy on evaluation use," Evaluation and Program Planning, Elsevier, vol. 22(2), pages 131-140, May.
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    1. Smits, Pernelle A. & Champagne, François & Farand, Lambert, 2012. "Beyond resistance: Exploring health managers’ propensity for participatory evaluation in a developing country," Evaluation and Program Planning, Elsevier, vol. 35(2), pages 256-268.
    2. Daigneault, Pierre-Marc, 2014. "Taking stock of four decades of quantitative research on stakeholder participation and evaluation use: A systematic map," Evaluation and Program Planning, Elsevier, vol. 45(C), pages 171-181.


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