The Purposes of Evaluation

  • Angela Everitt
  • Pauline Hardiker
Part of the Practical Social Work book series (PSWS)


In the introductory chapter we revealed the context of the changing political economy of social welfare in which evaluation has become a significant managerialist strategy for efficiency and control. As House remarks about Britain in his appraisal of evaluation in advanced capitalist societies:

The government has tried to install a culture of management modelled on the corporate sector in order to curtail the spending of local governments and the demands of professionals and unions. Professional authority is subsumed under managerial authority. Managerial evaluation, focused on efficiency and productivity under direct government control, has been attempted in many departments. (House, 1993: x)


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© British Association of Social Workers 1996

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  • Angela Everitt
  • Pauline Hardiker

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