Technology Evaluation
Technology Evaluation

Start this free course now. Just create an account and sign in. Enrol and complete the course for a free statement of participation or digital badge if available.

Free course

Technology Evaluation

3.2 A broader interpretation of programme evaluation

The changes discussed above have clearly created an environment in one field of technology where the activities of governments have a far greater reach than many people might assume. In addition, in recent years the term programme has continued to gain currency in the commercial sector as a way to recognise and distinguish between the scale and scope of projects.

A project is a particular way of managing activities to deliver specific outputs over a specified period and within cost, quality and resource constraints.

A programme is a portfolio of projects that are co-ordinated and managed as a unit such that they achieve outcomes and realise benefits.

(Office of Government Commerce, 2003, p. 4)

As Ward and Daniel (2006, p. 329) note, ‘... this [distinction] may sound trivial, but in many cases the word ‘‘programme’’ is used to ensure that appropriate senior management attention is paid to the investment, attention they would fail to give to a ‘‘mere’’ project.’ Whether this is actually what happens in practice is a moot point. Nevertheless, what is clear is that in the context of evaluation the term ‘programme’ now has two definitions. We can therefore no longer assume that a reference to programme evaluation refers to the evaluation of a government policy or intervention because it may also refer to the evaluation of a portfolio of technology projects.


Take your learning further

Making the decision to study can be a big step, which is why you'll want a trusted University. The Open University has 50 years’ experience delivering flexible learning and 170,000 students are studying with us right now. Take a look at all Open University courses.

If you are new to University-level study, we offer two introductory routes to our qualifications. You could either choose to start with an Access module, or a module which allows you to count your previous learning towards an Open University qualification. Read our guide on Where to take your learning next for more information.

Not ready for formal University study? Then browse over 1000 free courses on OpenLearn and sign up to our newsletter to hear about new free courses as they are released.

Every year, thousands of students decide to study with The Open University. With over 120 qualifications, we’ve got the right course for you.

Request an Open University prospectus371