The constitutive effects of evaluation systems: Lessons from the policymaking process of Danish Active Labour Market Policies

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Abstract

In recent years, evaluation research has taken an increasing interest in the proliferation of evaluation systems. One of the main assumptions being that such evaluation systems can enhance the use of evaluations and their findings. The current article analyses this assumption by empirically studying the workings of a specific evaluation system within the Danish Ministry of Employment. By applying the concept of constitutive effects, the article analyses how the evaluation system affects processes of policymaking within the central government. It is shown how the institutionalisation of an evidence-based evaluation system, at the ministerial level, structures the process of policymaking around a specific understanding of policy content, timeframes and expertise. Based on these findings, it is argued that evaluation systems can both enhance the instrumental use of evaluations and significantly alter policymaking processes.

Original languageEnglish
Article number3
JournalEvaluation: The International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice
Volume26
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)257-274
Number of pages18
ISSN1356-3890
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2020

Keywords

  • Active Labour Market Policies
  • constitutive effects
  • evaluation systems
  • evaluation use
  • evidence-based policymaking

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