Factors Influencing the Future of Outcome-Based Evaluation
Steer more than row.
Empower communities rather than simply deliver services.
Encourage competition rather than monopoly.
Be driven by a mission, not rules.
Fund outcomes rather than inputs.
Meet the needs of the customer, not the bureaucracy.
Concentrate on earning, not just spending.
Invest in prevention rather than cure.
Solve problems by leveraging the marketplace, rather than simply creating public programs.
These are powerful principles that many of us already see influencing education and social programs. I am convinced that they will result in profound changes in service provision, funding streams and patterns, and the locus of decision making. Obviously, they will also have a profound impact on outcome-based evaluation.
Additionally, my crystal ball forecasts other trends that will have profound impact on program evaluation. Six of these trends represent the content of this chapter. They include noncategorical approach to services and supports, accountability defined on the basis of outcomes, multiple evaluation designs, service-provider networks, consumer-oriented evaluation, and linking program evaluation and forecasting.
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