Defining the gap between research and practice in public relations programme evaluation – towards a new research agenda

Anne Gregory, Tom Watson

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Abstract

The current situation in public relations programme evaluation is neatly summarized by McCoy who commented that 'probably the most common buzzwords in public relations in the last ten years have been evaluation and accountability' (McCoy 2005, 3). This paper examines the academic and practitioner-based literature and research on programme evaluation and it detects different priorities and approaches that may partly explain why the debate on acceptable and agreed evaluation methods continues. It analyses those differences and proposes a research agenda to bridge the gap and move the debate forward.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)337-350
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Marketing Communications
Volume14
Issue number5
Early online date31 Oct 2008
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2008
Externally publishedYes

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