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Title: De invloed van stakeholderbetrokkenheid bij evaluaties op beleidsadoptie via beleidsdiscussie. Een meervoudige casestudie naar de invloed van stakeholderbetrokkenheid van gemeenteraden op beleidsadoptie bij onderzoeken door rekenkamercommissies.
Authors: Baijens, Marcel
Keywords: evaluation
influence of evaluation
stakeholder participation
policy discussion
policy adoption
local public account committees
Issue Date: 15-Jun-2017
Publisher: Open Universiteit Nederland
Abstract: This thesis is the report of a graduate research into the influence of stakeholder involvement in evaluations on policy adoption through policy discussion. The theoretical framework for the study is the theory of evaluation influence of Mark & Henry (2004). Using this model, the impact of evaluations can be exposed and explained how evaluations influence. The model distinguishes a number of mechanisms, and through connections or paths between the underlying mechanisms, the processes are mapped that lead to the outcome of the evaluation. The path used in this study concerns the concepts: stakeholder selection and participation, policy discussion and deliberation and policy adoption. Based on the literature, a confinement of these three concepts has taken place. The aim of the study is to contribute to the further development, validation and modification of the model of Mark & Henry. The central question of qualitative research was: To what extent has participation of stakeholders in an accounting committee, through the path of policy debate, influenced policy adoption? To answer this question, a literature study and a multiple case study have taken place. After the introductory chapter, the theory of Mark & Henry is highlighted and the concepts chosen on the basis of that theory are discussed. This is followed by the case study that has taken place in four municipalities. Research has been carried out on the use of evaluations in the form of policy adoption by two external local public account committees and of two mixed local public account committees in which councilors also sit. A documentary study has been conducted and fourteen people are interviewed in the form of semi-structured interviews. These were chairmen of local public account committees, registrars and councilors who may or may not be members of an local public account committee. The conclusion is that in the context of the cases policy debate is not important for policy adoption. Both in the case of policy discussion and in cases where this was not the case, policy adoption took place. The aspect of commitment and ownership does not seem to play a decisive role in this. In a case where this feeling was largely present, policy discussion took place, but in a case where this feeling was equally present, there was no policy discussion. The conclusion gives rise to further investigation. Further research into mechanisms that play a part in this can clarify the extent to which investigations of local public account committees contribute to the political policy discussion. Further investigation into mechanisms could explain why in the case of evaluation by local public account committees, policy discussion does not seem to be necessary for the use of evaluations. Decisions to set up a mixed local public account committees are usually based on the atmosphere of involvement, local feeling, local anchorage, local culture and self-esteem. Based on this study, it seems that these arguments do not by definition lead to an increase in the sense of ownership and commitment. Further research could identify which mechanisms provide for this.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1820/8095
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