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Malin Arvidson. Photo: Patrik Hekkala

Malin Arvidson

Senior lecturer

Malin Arvidson. Photo: Patrik Hekkala

Evidence and transparency in the open public services-reform: perspectives for the third sector

Author

  • Malin Arvidson

Summary, in English

The concepts of ‘transparency’ and ‘evidence of what works’ are key features in the implementation and success of the open public service policy. This paper explores, from the perspective of the third sector, the meaning of these concepts and how we can expect them to be operationalized. Initially, an implementation guided by evidence and transparency seems reasonable and ethical. The practical meanings of the concepts become more complicated once we look more closely into the institutional landscape in which organisations operate, with competition for limited resources, uncertainties around commissioning, and opposing ideas about what counts as evidence creating an unpredictable environment. The principles of transparency and evidence-based policy can contribute to the public good through providing the basis for trust between different stakeholders. From the perspective of the individual organisation though, sharing information may expose them to the control and judgement by outsiders. The paper identifies some key research questions that highlight the challenges faced by third sector organisations in this context.

Department/s

  • School of Social Work

Publishing year

2014

Language

English

Publication/Series

TSRC Working Paper Series

Issue

117

Document type

Working paper

Publisher

Third Sector Research Centre, Birmingham University

Topic

  • Social Work

Keywords

  • commissioning
  • non-profit organisations
  • evaluations
  • evidence
  • transparency

Status

Published