• Evaluating local implementation: An evidence based approach.

      Wond, Tracey; Macaulay, Michael; University of Teesside (Taylor and Francis, 2010-03)
      This article, based on data collected from a year-long study, investigates the evaluation of a UK local government policy implementation and the use of evaluation data as an evidence-base for public policy (Bovaird & Loeffler, 2007; McCoy & Hargie, 2001; Schofield, 2004; Stern, 2008). Our case study highlights a number of issues. First, uncertainty and ambiguity of policy direction inhibiting the establishment of clear evaluation goals, which, second, results in frustration among stakeholders at a perceived disparity between what we term problem-inspired policy and problem-solving policy. Finally, this perception can be compounded by a lack of consideration for local variations of, for example, specific cultures, geographies or historical contexts. In responding to these problems our article argues that regardless of where policy control and decision-making occurs, the importance of the experiences of policy-implementers at a local level (where subject/geographical/cultural specialism and familiarisation exists) is crucial.
    • Extending time – Extended benefits

      Wond, Tracey; Macaulay, Michael; University of Teesside (Taylor and Francis, 2011-02)
      This article argues that there are considerable benefits in using longitudinal research in public management and public policy research. Evaluation research (and UK public management research more generally) still pre-eminently utilizes a short-term perspective, preventing the value of longitudinal, rich data being realized. We argue that longitudinal research develops a deeper contextual approach, and will demonstrate how such methodologies can enhance research endeavours through an extended temporality.