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Ghosts at the Feast: The role of research centres in supporting innovative practice in local authorities

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Elaine Hall, Professor Jill ClarkORCiD



This paper reports on the tensions of evaluation for project workers, managers and researchers. In the UK, a great deal of the innovative practice dedicated to improving the life chances of children and their families is developed by Local Authorities under the umbrella of project funding which includes an independent evaluation: apparently an ideal opportunity for researchers and practitioners to work collaboratively but, in our experience, there are key structural problems. We explore why it is that researchers fail to give formative feedback to local authorities and why they can feel that they are unwanted guests – ‘ghosts at the feast’.

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Author(s): Hall E, Clark J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Studies in research: Evaluation, Impact and Training

Year: 2007

Volume: 2

Pages: 1-9

ISSN (electronic): 1833-265X

Publisher: The University of Newcastle, Australia