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2020 | 3(81) | 7-22

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Do we learn how to learn? Evolution of functions of evaluation systems – the case of Polish regional administration



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Czy uczymy się uczyć? Ewolucja funkcji systemów ewaluacji – przykład polskich samorządów województwa

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Autor analizuje, jak ewoluowały funkcje systemów ewaluacji. Bazuje na porównaniu badań ewaluacyjnych realizowanych w ośmiu systemach ewaluacji w polskim samorządzie województwa w dwóch okresach: 2007–2013 i 2014–2020. Uzyskane wyniki podważają w pewnym stopniu oczekiwania wynikające z dotychczasowej literatury przedmiotu. Choć badane systemy powstały w odpowiedzi na zewnętrzną presję, to wspierają zarówno rozliczanie, jak i uczenie. Systemy nie koncentrują się tylko na zagadnieniach proceduralnych, a produkcja wiedzy strategicznej wzrasta w czasie. Liczne przepisy regulujące sposób funkcjonowania sugeruje jednak, że wykorzystanie ewaluacji w badanych systemach może mieć charakter symboliczny.
The article examines the evolution of functions of evaluation systems. It is based on the comparison of evaluation studies conducted in eight evaluation systems in the Polish regional administration in two periods: 2007–13 and 2014–20. The findings are to some extent contradictory to the expectations formed on the basis of the existing literature of the subject. Although the analysed systems were established in response to external pressures, they support accountability as well as learning. These systems do not focus on procedural issues only, and generation of strategic knowledge increases over time. Numerous regulations imposed on the analysed systems suggest, however, that the use of evaluation in the analysed systems may be symbolic in nature.


  • Uniwersytet Warszawski, Centrum Europejskich Studiów Regionalnych i Lokalnych (EUROREG)


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