Instrumental and interpretive methods in evaluating urban programmes

Kenneth Sterrett, Brendan Murtagh

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The turn within urban policy to address increasingly complex social, economic and environmental problems has exposed some of the fragility of traditional measurement models and their reliance on the rational paradigm. This article looks at the experiences of the European Union (EU) Programme for Peace and Reconciliation in Northern Ireland and its particular attempt to construct new District Partnerships to deliver area-based regeneration programmes. It highlights the need to combine instrumental and interpretative evaluation methods in an attempt to explain the wider contribution of governance to conflict resolution and participatory practice in local development. It concludes by highlighting the value of conceptual approaches that deal with the politics of evaluation and the distributional effects of policy interventions designed to create new relationships within and between multiple stakeholders.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-96
Number of pages14
JournalUrban Policy and Research
Volume24 (1)
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2006


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