The politics of program evaluation: the mental health experience

J. W. Stockdill, S. S. Sharfstein

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The authors discuss evaluation studies of the community mental health centers program. They emphasize that program evaluation is a political activity to influence the allocation of public resources. They examine its relationship to decision making, power conflicts, and bureaucratic goals. They point out that the evaluator is seldom totally objective. They also emphasize the increasing use of evaluation by politicians.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)650-653
Number of pages4
JournalHospital and Community Psychiatry
Issue number9
StatePublished - Jan 1 1976

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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