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Learning through Evaluation: the Nordic Experience

Nordregio Report 2007:3

Though the contributions to the volume represent only a limited glimpse into the evaluation activity in which Nordregio is currently involved, they touch upon many more generic questions of relevance to evaluative research in general. These include, for instance, what can be learned from evaluation activity beyond the limited project or programme duration, how to strike a balance between theory and practice, as well as between the interests of the commissioners of evaluation and the researchers and evaluators involved in delivering them. The anthology also touches upon the question of what lessons can be drawn across sectors, organizations and territorial contexts when it comes to evaluation (European influences on national and local contexts, but also influences across policy sectors, e.g. innovation and regional development).

Hopefully the volume will provide food for thought and perhaps even inspiration for evaluators and policy makers alike.