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The nature and effectiveness of monitoring and evaluation of social inclusion projects in Scotland: an exploratory analysis.

Kelly, Lesley Ann (2003) The nature and effectiveness of monitoring and evaluation of social inclusion projects in Scotland: an exploratory analysis. PhD thesis, Edinburgh Napier University.

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    Abstract/Description

    The research examined the experiences of professional workers engaged in the
    monitoring and evaluation of Scottish social inclusion projects, in order to address
    the research question "To what extent do the existing systems of monitoring and
    evaluation in Scottish social inclusion initiatives recognise the particular nature of
    social inclusion?" In-depth interviews were undertaken with 34 key players
    involved in the policy and practice of evaluation social inclusion projects.
    Interviewees included individuals involved in social inclusion projects at both
    project and programme level, funders and evaluators of social inclusion projects,
    and policy makers. The interviews were analysed using qualitative content
    analysis.
    The research concluded that the respondents were very positive about social
    inclusion, with the key disadvantage of the term identified as its lack of meaning
    for the client groups with whom projects were working. Encouraging participation
    and empowering individuals and communities were seen as the key outcomes of
    social inclusion projects, with outcomes relating to poverty and tackling exclusion
    mentioned only by a small number of respondents.
    Respondents found indicators such as resident satisfaction, fear of crime and
    confidence useful. Relationships were noted to be an important area that projects
    had an impact on, but none of the projects involved were actively measuring their
    impact in this area. Qualitative methods were noted by respondents to be useful
    in recognising individual experience, and have a key role to play in establishing the
    additionality of projects, but respondents perceived a lack of credibility of
    qualitative research amongst funding agencies and policy makers.
    Respondents raised concerns regarding the views of individuals who did not, for
    whatever reason, participate in research, but noted the expense of methods that
    specifically targeted non-participants, and, on the other hand the dangers of
    survey fatigue.
    The conclusions of the thesis were that although social inclusion is a well received
    term and both the policy makers and practitioners are working toward the same
    agenda, there are a number of areas where there is a need for further
    development in order to make the monitoring and evaluation of initiatives
    meaningful. The conclusions note that the current systems meet the needs of
    neither funding agencies nor projects well.

    Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Social inclusion; Scotland; participation; exclusion; policy makers; practitioners;
    University Divisions/Research Centres: The Business School > School of Accounting, Economics and Statistics
    Dewey Decimal Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 360 Social problems & social services > 361 Social problems & social welfare in general
    Library of Congress Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
    Item ID: 5730
    Depositing User: Mrs Lyn Gibson
    Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2012 16:07
    Last Modified: 26 Sep 2013 14:44
    URI: http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/5730

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