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The application of verifiable objectives-based techniques is examined in the context of assessment practices and the broader administrative culture of the countries concerned. The study begins with a first order review of documentary and other existing information on the conduct of R&D evaluation and is followed by a more detailed examination of the evaluation practices of a number of public sector R&D funding agencies. On-site structured interviews were conducted in the following countries: Canada, Germany, Japan, Latin America, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. The extent of use of verifiable objectives and associated logical approaches in evaluation varied widely between the countries studied and between organisations within these countries, ranging from their extensive use in the UK and Canada, emergent use in Portugal and Spain, partial use in the USA and non-use in the Netherlands and Germany. In each case, the level of use was consistent with the broader evaluation framework within each country. Verifiable objectives-based approaches were found to have advantages in ensuring research programmes are aligned with policy objectives, and also in the on-going management of these programmes.

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Authors: CUNNINGHAM P N, University of Manchester (GB);GEORGHIOU L G, University of Manchester (GB);BARKER K E, University of Manchester (GB);KUHLMANN S, Karlsruhe (DE);REGER G, Karlsruhe (DE);MARCIANO DA SILVA C, Lisboa (PT);HENRIQUES L, Lisboa (PT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 15634 EN (1994) 211 pp., FS, ECU 23
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ISBN: ISBN 92-826-8175-0
Record Number: 199410444 / Last updated on: 1994-11-28
Original language: en
Available languages: en