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Record number 496963
Title Exploring ways to reconcile accountability and learning in the evaluation of niche experiments
Author(s) Regeer, B.J.; Wildt-Liesveld, Renée de; Mierlo, Barbara van; Bunders, J.F.G.
Source Evaluation : The International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice 22 (2016)1. - ISSN 1356-3890 - p. 6 - 28.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1356389015623659
Department(s) Alterra - Spatial knowledge systems
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2016
Keyword(s) accountability - alignment - evaluation - learning - niche experiments
Abstract

While evaluation is seen as a mechanism for both accountability and learning, it is not self-evident that the evaluation of niche experiments focuses on both accountability and learning at the same time. Tensions exist between the accountability-oriented needs of funders and the learning needs of managers of niche experiments. This article explores the differences in needs and expectations of funders and managers in terms of upwards, downwards and internal accountability. The article shows that as the multi-stakeholder contexts in which niche experiments take place give rise to various requirements, tensions in evaluation are essentially a specific manifestation of tensions between niche experiments and their multiple contexts. Based on our findings, an adjusted accountability framework is proposed, including several strategies that can reconcile a learning approach with accountability needs in niche experiments aiming to change current practices in a more sustainable direction.

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