La Pointeuse #1: the committed evaluation
Although it has never been more crucial to evaluate the real impact of public policies in order to improve them, public administrations often have a hard time getting beyond the basic management ritual. How can we change these practices in the future?
La Pointeuse (The Designator) #1 investigated “committed evaluation”. For a day and a half of workshops, seven participants from different horizons decoded together the challenges hidden behind this notion and imagined new ways to respond to it. The little booklet that can be downloaded below is the fruit of their collaboration, which the La Pointeuse team has reworked to devise an inspiring scenario.
This scenario, in which you are invited to roam about, speaks of a new evaluation process for public policy which, if not biased, seeks to be more engaging, i.e., an evaluation process that develops trust, arouses one’s curiosity and draws alliance rather than distrust or judgment. A process that reintroduces a cross-discipline approach in the way in which work is performed within administrations. A process making it easier to implement recommendations, one that incorporates the work of evaluators, which is usually left behind.
A word about the method
Naïve… but not too
The persons on the team conducting the project were, in reality, a far cry from evaluation specialists. They didn’t know much about the subject before this experience. But the “naïve” posture was an initial premise and the advantage it offered was put to use. It’s always good to know where one is stepping. This is why the schedule for our projects coincides with “Les éclaireurs” (The Pathfinders), a series of explanatory videos on public policy, the 1st episode of which deals with evaluating public policy.
Look elsewhere to open up the debate
Before the workshops took place, the team interviewed professionals who practice different types of evaluation in their work: a judge, an evaluator of environmental noise levels and a doctoral student. These little “unrelated” interviews were presented to the workshop participants in the form of summary videos shot with the means at hand in our offices. Both their form – short, rapidly put together films shot in an office – and their content – testimonies “out of the box” – were deliberate. These videos were designed as inspirational flashes to spark subsequent discussions and spur participants to devise other scenarios.
The videos can be seen below: