Evaluation culture and good governance: Is there a link?

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Evaluation culture and good governance : Is there a link? / Dahler-Larsen, Peter; Boodhoo, Adiilah.

In: Evaluation, Vol. 25, No. 3, 01.08.2019, p. 277-293.

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Dahler-Larsen, P & Boodhoo, A 2019, 'Evaluation culture and good governance: Is there a link?', Evaluation, vol. 25, no. 3, pp. 277-293. https://doi.org/10.1177/1356389018819110

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Dahler-Larsen, P., & Boodhoo, A. (2019). Evaluation culture and good governance: Is there a link? Evaluation, 25(3), 277-293. https://doi.org/10.1177/1356389018819110

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Dahler-Larsen P, Boodhoo A. Evaluation culture and good governance: Is there a link? Evaluation. 2019 Aug 1;25(3):277-293. https://doi.org/10.1177/1356389018819110

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Dahler-Larsen, Peter ; Boodhoo, Adiilah. / Evaluation culture and good governance : Is there a link?. In: Evaluation. 2019 ; Vol. 25, No. 3. pp. 277-293.

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