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An exploratory study on public sector program evaluation practices and culture in Barbados, Belize, Guyana, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines: Where are we? Where do we need to go?

Persaud, Nadini

Nadini Persaud

Journal of MultiDisciplinary Evaluation

2019

February

32

15

Caribbeanevaluation culturefinancial costsformative evaluationmonitoring and evaluationprogram evaluationpublic sector

17-27

The objective of this study was to learn about public sector program evaluation practices and culture in Barbados, Belize, Guyana, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. A total of eight-eight public sector officials participated in the study. The research highlighted that while program evaluation is being practiced in the public sector in all four countries, the extent of practice varied among the countries. One noticeable factor that affected program evaluation practices was the financial costs associated with program evaluations. This problem was particularly evident in Guyana where program evaluations were conducted primarily to satisfy funding requirements. However, although the extent of practice varied among the four countries, all four countries recognized that program evaluation is a valuable and important activity. Solutions proposed by the study participants to build a more vibrant public sector program evaluation culture included making program evaluation culture a part of organizational culture, building organizational monitoring and evaluation (M&E) capacity, and making program evaluation a regular mandatory public sector activity.

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https://journals.sfu.ca/jmde/index.php/jmde_1/article/view/517

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