Investigating the evaluation performance of an educational programme conducted in Yunnan Province China

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Zhang, Han
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Master of Education
Unitec Institute of Technology
Cardno, Carol
Panko, Mary
Masters Dissertation
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non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
educational project evaluation
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Zhang, H. (2008). Investigating the evaluation performance of an educational programme conducted in Yunnan Province China. Unpublished thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the degree of Master of Education, Unitec Institute of Technology, New Zealand.
Motivated by a desire for caring and developing, non-government organisations (NGO) have established and operated programmes of education, health, social welfare and economic improvement in both developed and developing countries, including China. There is an increasing awareness in the Chinese context that project management skills play a crucial role in making a project successful in NGOs. In NGOs’ project management oversight, the evaluations are constantly required. Hence, this research is designed to investigate the evaluation performance of a typical NGO’s educational programme in Dali, Lincang, and Simao Prefectures. The study listens to the voices of the project management people in relation to the project evaluation performance using interviews and questionnaires. And it also examines the documents about the requirements of the project evaluation. The study compares the intention data and action data to identify the current project evaluation performance. The findings show that the current project evaluation system was developed by the project staff in practical work. The implementation of project evaluation procedures was passive. the project management skills of employed personnel could not keep abreast of the project development. The evaluation methods and information usage were neither multiple or effective. Moreover, the management problems of the organisation also endangered the possibility of high quality project evaluation performance. The study concludes that project evaluation should receive more emphasis and attention in future, and recommends that more evaluation skills and funds should be allocated to the project evaluation. The project should use multiple evaluation methods, and comprehensively use the information collected in evaluations. Furthermore, the participation of the project beneficiaries in the project evaluations should be strengthened in future.
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