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Comparing evaluation of homelessness in the United States and the European Union
Lund University.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2655-2132
2012 (English)In: European Evaluation Association conference in Helsinki Oct 3-5, 2012, 2012Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Homelessness as a political and social dominion has a number of features that make it particularly illustrative for a conference focusing evaluation and especially the design of evaluations. In addition to being a wicked problem, homelessness offers several analytical avenues. How do these characteristics affect the evaluation of programs and projects aspiring to combat homelessness? Dissimilar pictures and solutions regarding homelessness in the US and in EU countries will likely affect recommendations given as a result of performed evaluations. For this study, the empirical base is a sample of the most cited evaluations of homelessness programs published in professional journals between 1996 and 2010. Most of these evaluations are from the US. These US evaluations more often use large-scale national programs and quantitative methods, whereas EU evaluations more often use smaller sample sizes and qualitative methods. In the US and the EU, evaluations of homelessness programs seldom use analytical approaches.

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Comparative analysis, Homelessness, Methods, criteria
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Social Work
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Social Sciences, Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-52587OAI: diva2:929822
European Evaluation Association conference in Helsinki Oct 3-5, 2012
Available from: 2016-05-20 Created: 2016-05-20 Last updated: 2016-06-01Bibliographically approved

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