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    A theory-based evaluation of a community-based funding scheme in a disadvantaged suburban city area


    Devlin, Maurice (2015) A theory-based evaluation of a community-based funding scheme in a disadvantaged suburban city area. Evaluation and Program Planning, 52. pp. 61-69. ISSN 0149-7189

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    Abstract

    Community-driven development (CDD) initiatives frequently involve funding schemes which are aimed at channelling financial investment into local need and fostering community participation and engagement. This exploratory study examined, through a program theory approach, the design and implementation of a small-scale, community-based fund in Ireland. Observations, documentary analysis, interviews and group discussions with 19 participants were utilized to develop a detailed understanding of the program mechanisms, activities and processes, as well as the experiences of key stakeholders engaged with the funding scheme and its implementation. The findings showed that there were positive perceptions of the scheme and its function within the community. Overall, the availability of funding was perceived by key stakeholders as being beneficial. However, there were concerns over the accessibility of the scheme for more marginalized members of the community, as well as dissatisfaction with the openness and transparency surrounding funding eligibility. Lessons for the implementation of small-scale CDD funds are elaborated and the utility of program theory approaches for evaluators and planners working with programs that fund community-based initiatives is outlined.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Community development funds; Program development; Program theory; Theory-based evaluation; Community-driven development;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Applied Social Studies
    Item ID: 8398
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2015.03.011
    Depositing User: Maurice Devlin
    Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2017 10:58
    Journal or Publication Title: Evaluation and Program Planning
    Publisher: Elsevier
    Refereed: Yes
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