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Child welfare observatories: monitoring, evaluation and governance supports as levers of legitimation?

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Observatoires de la protection de l'enfance : supports de pilotage, d'évaluation et de gouvernance, leviers de légitimation ?
Child welfare
Evaluation
Governance
Legitimacy
Monitoring
Observatory
Territory
Évaluation
Gouvernance
Légitimité
Observatoire
Pilotage
Protection de l'enfance
Territoire
Language of Keywords: English; French
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By investigating a Child Protection Observatory in France, this article address how its provision of support for monitoring, evaluation and governance, becomes legitimate or not accross the three types of legitimacy proposed by Suchman (1995) named instrumental, cognitive or institutional. The findings are based on discourse analyses insights provided by actors in a County Council obtained through both semi-direct interviews and focus groups. This study establishes an observation system in action and highlight levers for changeing managerial practices, encouraging specific perceptions of issues and bridging positions among the parties responsible for implementation public policies for the protection and welfare of children. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
Cet article examine la façon dont un Observatoire de la Protection de l'Enfance, vu comme support de pilotage, d'évaluation et de gouvernance, devient ou non légitime selon trois types en s'inspirant des travaux de Suchman (1995) sur le plan instrumental, cognitif ou institutionnel. Il s'attache à qualifier les différents usages à travers l'analyse du discours des acteurs dans un Conseil Départemental sur la base d'entretiens semi directifs et de focus groupes. Il contribue enfin à examiner le système d'observation en action et à mettre en lumière les leviers de nature à changer ou non les pratiques de gestion, les perceptions des enjeux et les positionnements réciproques entre partenaires de la politique publique de prévention et protection de l'enfance. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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1Associate Professor in Management Sciences, University School of Management Lille, RIME Lab . (EA 7396), University of Lille
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