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Widmer, Thomas (2020). Switzerland. In: Stockmann, Reinhard; Meyer, Wolfang; Taube, Lena. The Institutionalisation of Evaluation in Europe. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 199-225.

Abstract

Evaluation in Switzerland is well established, with diverse institutions and practices that have progressed strongly since the 1990s. The level of evaluation activity is constantly high, educational and training programmes are in place, the Swiss Evaluation Society SEVAL is highly committed, and Swiss scholars contribute regularly to the international debate. While this is remarkable in many respects, evaluation in Switzerland still shows significant weaknesses, of which two are particularly important: First, how evaluations are designed remains very heterogeneous in the country. Second, efforts to professionalise evaluation in Switzerland have to be viewed with scepticism. There are still numerous evaluations, carried out by laypersons, which contain grave weaknesses. In trying to counteract, the evaluation community has adopted a strategy of bureaucratic routinisation and closing off the market. This ignores that for evaluation to continue to flourish, it absolutely needs to involve a lively exchange between practitioners and social scientific research.

Abstract

Evaluation in Switzerland is well established, with diverse institutions and practices that have progressed strongly since the 1990s. The level of evaluation activity is constantly high, educational and training programmes are in place, the Swiss Evaluation Society SEVAL is highly committed, and Swiss scholars contribute regularly to the international debate. While this is remarkable in many respects, evaluation in Switzerland still shows significant weaknesses, of which two are particularly important: First, how evaluations are designed remains very heterogeneous in the country. Second, efforts to professionalise evaluation in Switzerland have to be viewed with scepticism. There are still numerous evaluations, carried out by laypersons, which contain grave weaknesses. In trying to counteract, the evaluation community has adopted a strategy of bureaucratic routinisation and closing off the market. This ignores that for evaluation to continue to flourish, it absolutely needs to involve a lively exchange between practitioners and social scientific research.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Political Science
Dewey Decimal Classification:320 Political science
Uncontrolled Keywords:evaluation, Switzerland, sophistication, heterogeneity, professionalisation, bureaucratisation
Language:English
Date:11 April 2020
Deposited On:14 May 2020 08:55
Last Modified:27 Jul 2020 11:43
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN:978-3-030-32284-7
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-32284-7_8
Related URLs:https://www.recherche-portal.ch/permalink/f/1h21i27/ebi01_prod011628973 (Library Catalogue)

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