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Exploring the use of narrative analysis as an operational research method: A case study in voluntary sector evaluation
journal contributionposted on 2000-01-01, 00:00 authored by L White, Ann TaketAnn Taket
Operational research frequently has to deal with situations where the perceptions and views of the various stakeholders involved may be quite different. One such situation is provided by the case of the evaluation of the work of voluntary sector groups, where concepts such as quality are frequently held to be the desired objectives whose achievement should be evaluated, yet where quite different perceptions of these concepts are held by the various parties to the evaluation. Through the use of a case study, this paper illustrates how approaches to narrative analysis like actant analysis and deconstruction can be used alongside other soft OR methods to enable negotiation of common understandings of important concepts like quality. © 2000 Operational Research Society Ltd. All rights reserved.