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Case: Gabriela Pérez-Yarahuán (Universidad Iberomericana) Evaluation influence on accountability and government performance. The case of the evaluations of Mexico’s social development programs.

DESCRIPTION OF THE CASE

Title case
Evaluation influence on accountability and government performance. The case of the evaluations of Mexico’s social development programs.

Subject of the monitoring and/or evaluation:
This case is about program evaluation and its connection to public accountability and government performance in the context of social programs in Mexico.   This case aims to contribute to the understanding of how program evaluation studies can influence decision making at the individual, interpersonal or collective levels, in order for changes in operation rules (program design) and thus performance to take place. The case has two components; the first one is a survey of public officials to know their perception on the use of evaluation in terms of its potential uses. The second, consists of an analysis of a set of federal social programs, with emphasis on educational programs. For these, operational changes were documented. Evaluation studies were also revised for all programs during the corresponding time period to document proposals for change derived from evaluation studies. Changes in programs and modification proposals of evaluation studies are jointly analysed in order to see if there is correspondence. The data collected show that public officials give more weight to the instrumental component of evaluation use and less to political accountability or budgeting purposes. The analysis of coincidence between program change and evaluation studies show that the correspondence among the two are found in some crucial areas for performance such as objectives, target population and type of benefits of programs.

 

PROFILE CASE OWNER


 
Name of case owner:
Gabriela Pérez-Yarahuán

Organisation:
Universidad Iberomericana/CLEAR Latin America

Country:
Mexico

Current function:
Professor

Your role in this utilisation case:
Leading researcher

Other relevant experiences/background:
Former Director General for Evaluation at the Mexican National Council for Evaluation of Social Policy