Comparative Policy Evaluation

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The Comparative Policy Evaluation series is an interdisciplinary and internationally focused set of books that embodies within it a strong emphasis on comparative analyses of governance issues—drawing from all continents and many different nation states. The lens through which these policy initiatives are viewed and reviewed is that of evaluation. These evaluation assessments are done mainly from the perspectives of sociology, anthropology, economics, policy science, auditing, law, and human rights. Thebooks also provide a strong longitudinal perspective on the evolution of the policy issues being analyzed.

  • The Evaluation Enterprise: A Critical View book cover

    The Evaluation Enterprise

    A Critical View, 1st Edition

    Edited by Jan-Eric Furubo, Nicoletta Stame

    Today, evaluation is part of governing systems and is supported by powerful institutions. It is taken for granted that evaluation leads to betterment. However, evaluation itself is seldom analyzed from a critical perspective. In this book, Jan-Eric Furubo and Nicoletta Stame have assembled an…

    Hardback – 2018-07-16
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  • Cyber Society, Big Data, and Evaluation book cover

    Cyber Society, Big Data, and Evaluation

    1st Edition

    Edited by Gustav Jakob Petersson, Jonathan D. Breul

    We are living in a cyber society. Mobile devices, social media, the Internet, crime cameras, and other diverse sources can be pulled together to form massive datasets, known as big data, which make it possible to learn things we could not begin to comprehend otherwise. While private companies are…

    Paperback – 2018-02-19
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  • Doing Public Good?: Private Actors, Evaluation, and Public Value book cover

    Doing Public Good?

    Private Actors, Evaluation, and Public Value, 1st Edition

    Edited by R. Pablo Guerrero O.

    This book examines the contributions of non-public organizations, such as foundations, philanthropies, charities, non-governmental organizations, private businesses, and entrepreneurs to public goods and services. Too often the impact of the contributions of such private actors are overlooked.…

    Hardback – 2015-12-30
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  • Success in Evaluation: Focusing on the Positives book cover

    Success in Evaluation

    Focusing on the Positives, 1st Edition

    By Rudi Turksema

    Success in Evaluation takes a fundamentally different approach to the mainstream supply side discussion of evaluation quality, utilization, and learning. The contributors believe that a systematic focus on success will lead to increased awareness of evaluation and its findings, a more positive…

    Hardback – 2015-05-30
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  • Speaking Justice to Power: Ethical and Methodological Challenges for Evaluators book cover

    Speaking Justice to Power

    Ethical and Methodological Challenges for Evaluators, 1st Edition

    Edited by Kim Forss

    Efficiency, economy, and equity are policy goals pursued by governments around the world, but analysts and evaluators have devoted more effort to measuring and evaluating the first two. In Speaking Justice to Power, contributors examine the concept of equity, the role it plays, and its application…

    Hardback – 2014-09-30
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  • Evaluation and Turbulent Times: Reflections on a Discipline in Disarray book cover

    Evaluation and Turbulent Times

    Reflections on a Discipline in Disarray, 1st Edition

    Edited by Jan-Eric Furubo

    Now more than ever, policy evaluation is an important component in addressing the world's economic crisis. Before it can do so, the discipline must adapt to changing economic and political environments. The contributors address a basic question: What impact do crises have on evaluation and how can…

    Hardback – 2013-08-30
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  • Evaluation Cultures: Sense-Making in Complex Times book cover

    Evaluation Cultures

    Sense-Making in Complex Times, 1st Edition

    Edited by Jean-Claude Barbier

    Evaluation Cultures draws upon a sample of reflections, drawn from organizational practices, nationally centered political cultures, and ethnic cultures, as a framework for understanding how culture influences the work of evaluation. Two main conclusions seem to emerge: first, that there exists no…

    Hardback – 2012-08-15
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  • The Evidence Book book cover

    The Evidence Book

    1st Edition

    By Frans L. Leeuw

    Knowledge grows as ideas are tested against each other. Agreement is not resolved simply by naming concepts but in the dialectical process of thesis, antithesis, and synthesis. There are many echoes of these debates in The Evidence Book. The contributors make claims for both practitioner wisdom and…

    Paperback – 2011-10-15
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  • Evaluating the Complex: Attribution, Contribution and Beyond book cover

    Evaluating the Complex

    Attribution, Contribution and Beyond, 1st Edition

    By Mita Marra

    In the economic atmosphere following the crisis of 2008, not only have governments reacted by creating more complex policy initiatives, but they have also promised that all of these initiatives will be evaluated. Due to the complexity of many of the initiatives, the ways of evaluating are becoming…

    Hardback – 2011-08-15
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  • From Studies to Streams: Managing Evaluative Systems book cover

    From Studies to Streams

    Managing Evaluative Systems, 1st Edition

    Edited by Nicoletta Stame

    Recent developments in policy evaluation have focused on new notions of process and use or, notably, "influence." But this debate among evaluators on how evaluations are used has been essentially a closed one—evaluators talking only among themselves. The debate has gone on seemingly oblivious to…

    Paperback – 2011-04-15
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  • Evaluation: Seeking Truth or Power? book cover

    Evaluation

    Seeking Truth or Power?, 1st Edition

    By Jan-Eric Furubo

    Evaluation has come of age. Today most social and political observers would have difficulty imagining a society where evaluation is not a fixture of daily life, from individual programs to local authorities to parliamentary committees. While university researchers, grant makers and public servants…

    Hardback – 2011-02-15
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  • Mind the Gap: Perspectives on Policy Evaluation and the Social Sciences book cover

    Mind the Gap

    Perspectives on Policy Evaluation and the Social Sciences, 1st Edition

    By Jos Vaessen

    Over the past twenty to thirty years, evaluation has become increasingly important to the field of public policy. The number of people involved and specializing in evaluation has also increased markedly. Evidence of this trend can be found in the International Atlas of Evaluation, the establishment…

    Hardback – 2009-12-15
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  • Open to the Public: Evaluation in the Public Sector book cover

    Open to the Public

    Evaluation in the Public Sector, 1st Edition

    By Jonathan D. Breul

    Open to the Public grows out of concern with evaluation in the public arena and the struggle to understand how best to use the information it generates. Many concepts and models of evaluation, how to undertake it, and how to make it more useful, were developed before government performance became…

    Hardback – 2007-12-15
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  • Making Accountability Work: Dilemmas for Evaluation and for Audit book cover

    Making Accountability Work

    Dilemmas for Evaluation and for Audit, 1st Edition

    By Marie-Louise Bemelmans-Videc, Burt Perrin, Jeremy Lonsdale

    Like honesty and clean water, ""accountability"" is invariably seen as a good thing. Conversely, the absence of accountability is associated with most of the greatest abuses in human history. Accountability is thus closely linked with the exercise of power and the legitimacy of policies and those…

    Hardback – 2007-11-15
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  • The Idea of War and Peace: The Experience of Western Civilization book cover

    The Idea of War and Peace

    The Experience of Western Civilization, 3rd Edition

    By Irving Louis Horowitz

    Modern theorists and their ideas on war and peace are here presented, interpreted, and evaluated with scholarship and clarity of expression. In examining the main currents in modern social theory, the author has gone directly to the works of the leading philosophic figures. This book is a carefully…

    Paperback – 2007-02-15
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  • Monitoring Performance in the Public Sector: Future Directions from International Experience book cover

    Monitoring Performance in the Public Sector

    Future Directions from International Experience, 1st Edition

    By John Winston Mayne

    A host of promising public sector reform efforts are underway throughout the world. In governments challenged by budget deficits and declining public trust, these reform efforts seek to improve policy decisions and public management. Along the way, program efficiency and effectiveness help rebuild…

    Paperback – 2007-02-15
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  • The Mediterranean in the Age of Globalization: Migration, Welfare, and Borders book cover

    The Mediterranean in the Age of Globalization

    Migration, Welfare, and Borders, 1st Edition

    By Natalia Ribas-Mateos

    The Mediterranean in the Age of Globalization is a welcome corrective to the tendency to present globalization as a homogenous concept, and the failure to describe how it operates in specific regions. Ribas-Mateos examines globalization and migration across the Mediterranean, using an innovative,…

    Hardback – 2005-01-31
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  • Quality Matters: Seeking Confidence in Evaluating, Auditing, and Performance Reporting book cover

    Quality Matters

    Seeking Confidence in Evaluating, Auditing, and Performance Reporting, 1st Edition

    By John Winston Mayne

    Information--regular, systematic, reliable--is the life-blood of democracy and the fuel of effective management. Surely today there is no problem with information, for this is the age of information overload. It pours onto our computer screens and out of our printers. Indeed, many governments claim…

    Hardback – 2004-12-31
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  • Carrots, Sticks and Sermons: Policy Instruments and Their Evaluation book cover

    Carrots, Sticks and Sermons

    Policy Instruments and Their Evaluation, 1st Edition

    By Ray Rist

    The literature on policy strategies, instruments, and styles is impressive. Still, a complex variety of theoretical and conceptual approaches and analytical tools hamper a good overview. Carrots, Sticks, and Sermons proposes such a framework for the field and clearly shows how public policy…

    Paperback – 2003-08-31
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  • Collaboration in Public Services: The Challenge for Evaluation book cover

    Collaboration in Public Services

    The Challenge for Evaluation, 1st Edition

    By Bill Jenkins

    The International Group for Policy and Program Evaluation (INTEVAL) serves as a forum for scholars and practitioners of public policy to discuss ideas and developments as a community dedicated to enhancing the contribution of evaluation to government. From the group's studies has emerged a concern…

    Hardback – 2003-07-31
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    International Atlas of Evaluation

    1st Edition

    Edited by Ray Rist

    Evaluation of public policy has changed considerably in the past decade. This is especially true in Europe, where evaluation is now an institutional part of public sector governance, but it is also characteristic of other parts of the world. The International Atlas of Evaluation describes…

    Hardback – 2002-01-31
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  • Budgeting, Auditing, and Evaluation: Functions and Integration in Seven Governments book cover

    Budgeting, Auditing, and Evaluation

    Functions and Integration in Seven Governments, 1st Edition

    By Andrew Gray

    The end of the twentieth century is shaping up as a period of volatile change and transition. As governments the world over work to sustain public policy and develop much needed policy initiatives, there is an increasing need for better budgetary management and sound evaluation of both past and…

    Paperback – 2000-02-28
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  • Can Governments Learn?: Comparative Perspectives on Evaluation and Organizational Learning book cover

    Can Governments Learn?

    Comparative Perspectives on Evaluation and Organizational Learning, 1st Edition

    By Frans L. Leeuw

    There is continual concern about the ability of governments to perform the duties and responsibilities that their citizens have come to expect from them. Many citizens view government as inept, arthritic, and dedicated to the preservation of the bureaucratic status quo. As we close the twentieth…

    Paperback – 1999-10-31
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  • Program Evaluation and the Management of Government book cover

    Program Evaluation and the Management of Government

    1st Edition

    By Ray Rist

    This text is an account of the organization and use of government programme evaluation in the UK, Canada, Germany, USA, Denmark, Holland, Norway and Switzerland. Focusing on the national or federal level, it presents a systematic and comparative viewpoint.…

    Paperback – 1999-07-31
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  • Building Effective Evaluation Capacity: Lessons from Practice book cover

    Building Effective Evaluation Capacity

    Lessons from Practice, 1st Edition

    By Richard Boyle

    In the 1960s, policy and program evaluation was used to improve government programs and enhance monitoring. In the 1970s and 1980s, evaluation was redefined as a tool of accountability, via the budgetary process, to assess government performance against standards and objectives. Building Effective…

    Hardback – 1999-03-31
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  • Politics and Practices of Intergovernmental Evaluation book cover

    Politics and Practices of Intergovernmental Evaluation

    1st Edition

    By Ray C. Rist

    Great intellectual effort has gone into the development of sophisticated designs and methodologies to study individual policies, programs, and projects. Costly efforts to find the smallest evidence of a policy or program impact have been undertaken in the presumption that such data are central to…

    Hardback – 1996-12-31
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