‘We know it works. . .’: The Troubled Families Programme and the pre-determined boundary judgements of decontextualised policy evaluation

Silver, Daniel and Crossley, Stephen (2019) ‘We know it works. . .’: The Troubled Families Programme and the pre-determined boundary judgements of decontextualised policy evaluation. Critical Social Policy. 026101831989244. ISSN 0261-0183 (In Press)

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1177/0261018319892443

Abstract

This article draws on the Troubled Families Programme (TFP) to highlight the ways in which particular contexts – such as socioeconomic and symbolic structures – are neglected in forms of evaluation with an establishment orientation. The article problematises two key aspects of decontextualised evaluation: firstly, the privileging of pre-determined relations of cause and effect; and secondly, the unproblematized framing of policy problems. More contextualised forms of evaluation are presented as a way to open up boundaries of investigation. Lastly, it is argued that an anti-naturalist foundation for evaluation can broaden the scope of learning beyond the original framing of a policy.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: anti-naturalist, boundary critique, evaluation, policy, troubled families programme
Subjects: L400 Social Policy
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 03 Jan 2020 11:27
Last Modified: 03 Jan 2020 11:27
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/41798

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