Post-normal evaluation?

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Abstract

Evaluation evolves, responding to developments in the technical, social, and political environments in which it unfolds as well as influencing how those contexts are to be understood and assessed. Evaluation has typically been understood as a reliable means of providing some assurance in the appraisal of the value of social interventions, but has increasingly been seen as having to address a variety of uncertainties and risks not simply in those appraisals per se but in the design and management of the interventions as well. Some new ways of thinking and forms of evaluation practice linked to planning and decision making are emerging reflecting assumptions of unpredictability as well as incompleteness, instability, and a plurality of perspectives in value determination. This may signal the emergence of “post-normal evaluation.” This article explores several key features of this development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)317-329
Number of pages13
JournalEvaluation
Volume25
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2019

Fingerprint

evaluation
social intervention
Values
decision making
uncertainty
planning
management
appraisal

Keywords

  • evaluation theory
  • normal evaluation
  • practical reason
  • resilience
  • socio-political change

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Sociology and Political Science

Cite this

Post-normal evaluation? / Schwandt, Thomas A.

In: Evaluation, Vol. 25, No. 3, 01.07.2019, p. 317-329.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Schwandt, Thomas A. / Post-normal evaluation?. In: Evaluation. 2019 ; Vol. 25, No. 3. pp. 317-329.
@article{ec3c71ab456d497397444646bfdb3a17,
title = "Post-normal evaluation?",
abstract = "Evaluation evolves, responding to developments in the technical, social, and political environments in which it unfolds as well as influencing how those contexts are to be understood and assessed. Evaluation has typically been understood as a reliable means of providing some assurance in the appraisal of the value of social interventions, but has increasingly been seen as having to address a variety of uncertainties and risks not simply in those appraisals per se but in the design and management of the interventions as well. Some new ways of thinking and forms of evaluation practice linked to planning and decision making are emerging reflecting assumptions of unpredictability as well as incompleteness, instability, and a plurality of perspectives in value determination. This may signal the emergence of “post-normal evaluation.” This article explores several key features of this development.",
keywords = "evaluation theory, normal evaluation, practical reason, resilience, socio-political change",
author = "Schwandt, {Thomas A}",
year = "2019",
month = "7",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1177/1356389019855501",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "25",
pages = "317--329",
journal = "Evaluation",
issn = "1356-3890",
publisher = "SAGE Publications Ltd",
number = "3",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Post-normal evaluation?

AU - Schwandt, Thomas A

PY - 2019/7/1

Y1 - 2019/7/1

N2 - Evaluation evolves, responding to developments in the technical, social, and political environments in which it unfolds as well as influencing how those contexts are to be understood and assessed. Evaluation has typically been understood as a reliable means of providing some assurance in the appraisal of the value of social interventions, but has increasingly been seen as having to address a variety of uncertainties and risks not simply in those appraisals per se but in the design and management of the interventions as well. Some new ways of thinking and forms of evaluation practice linked to planning and decision making are emerging reflecting assumptions of unpredictability as well as incompleteness, instability, and a plurality of perspectives in value determination. This may signal the emergence of “post-normal evaluation.” This article explores several key features of this development.

AB - Evaluation evolves, responding to developments in the technical, social, and political environments in which it unfolds as well as influencing how those contexts are to be understood and assessed. Evaluation has typically been understood as a reliable means of providing some assurance in the appraisal of the value of social interventions, but has increasingly been seen as having to address a variety of uncertainties and risks not simply in those appraisals per se but in the design and management of the interventions as well. Some new ways of thinking and forms of evaluation practice linked to planning and decision making are emerging reflecting assumptions of unpredictability as well as incompleteness, instability, and a plurality of perspectives in value determination. This may signal the emergence of “post-normal evaluation.” This article explores several key features of this development.

KW - evaluation theory

KW - normal evaluation

KW - practical reason

KW - resilience

KW - socio-political change

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=85068240827&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=85068240827&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1177/1356389019855501

DO - 10.1177/1356389019855501

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:85068240827

VL - 25

SP - 317

EP - 329

JO - Evaluation

JF - Evaluation

SN - 1356-3890

IS - 3

ER -