Democratic Evaluation and Democracy

Exploring the Reality

Donna Podems, University of Johannesburg

A volume in the series: Evaluation and Society. Editor(s): Jennifer C. Greene, University of Illinois - Champaign. Stewart I. Donaldson, Claremont Graduate University.

Published 2017

Democratic evaluation brings a way of thinking about evaluation’s role in society and in particular, its role in strengthening social justice. Yet the reality of applying it, and what happens when it is applied particularly outside the West, is unclear. Set in South Africa, a newly formed democracy in Southern Africa, the book affords an in-depth journey that immerses a reader into the realities of evaluation and its relation to democracy. The book starts with the broader introductory chapters that set the scene for more detailed ones which bring thorough insights into national government, local government, and civil societies’ experience of evaluation, democratic evaluation and their understanding of how it contributes to strengthening democracy (or not). A teaching case, the book concludes by providing guiding questions that encourage reflection, discussion and learning that ultimately aims to inform practice and theory.

Prologue, Donna Podems. Democratic Evaluation and a New Democracy: Acquaintances, Adversaries, or Allies? Donna Podems. A Framework for Identifying Entry Points for International Development Evaluation to Enable Responsive Government Policy, Stephen Porter. How to Democratize Evaluation Practice: A Challenge for Non-Governmental Organizations and Organizations and Donors, Carlisle J. Levine. The Role of the Civil Society Organization in Promoting Democracy: The Case of the South African Monitoring and Evaluation Association, Mark A. Abrahams. Evaluation and Democratic Governance: The Public Management Perspective, Fanie Cloete. How Does Government Evaluation in South Africa Contribute to Democracy? Ian Goldman. Strengthening Democratic Governance in the Building of Integrated Human Settlements Through Evaluations, Matodzi Amisi and Ahmed Vawda. Living the Rainbow: Furthering Education Quality and Democracy Through the Evaluation of Educational Outcomes Using the Annual National Assessment, Benita Williams and Vanessa Scherman. Exploring Economic Development Initiatives and the Link to Democratic Outcomes, Mishkah Jakoet and Alyna Wyatt. Strengthening Government Through Evaluation: The Evaluation Journey of a Provincial Agriculture Department, Dirk Troskie, Kevin Kelly, and Shelton Kaba Mandondo. Paying for Troublemaking: Strengthening Democracy by Institutionalizing Multiple Centers of Evaluation, Terence Beney. Is Government’s Approach to Evaluation Deepening Democracy in South Africa? Dugan Fraser and Patricia J. Rogers. How Can Evaluation Strengthen Democracy? Lehn M. Benjamin. The Teaching Case, Donna Podems. About the Authors.