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Comparative Policy Evaluation

About the Series

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.

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Doing Public Good? Private Actors, Evaluation, and Public Value

Doing Public Good?: Private Actors, Evaluation, and Public Value

1st Edition

Edited By R. Pablo Guerrero O., Peter Wilkins
December 30, 2015

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. ...

Success in Evaluation Focusing on the Positives

Success in Evaluation: Focusing on the Positives

1st Edition

Edited By Steffen Bohni Nielsen, Rudi Turksema, Peter van der Knapp
May 30, 2015

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 ...

Speaking Justice to Power Ethical and Methodological Challenges for Evaluators

Speaking Justice to Power: Ethical and Methodological Challenges for Evaluators

1st Edition

Edited By Kim Forss, Mita Marra
September 30, 2014

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 ...

Evaluation and Turbulent Times Reflections on a Discipline in Disarray

Evaluation and Turbulent Times: Reflections on a Discipline in Disarray

1st Edition

Edited By Jan-Eric Furubo, Ray C. Rist, Sandra Speer
August 30, 2013

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 ...

Evaluation Cultures Sense-Making in Complex Times

Evaluation Cultures: Sense-Making in Complex Times

1st Edition

Edited By Jean-Claude Barbier, Penny Hawkins
August 15, 2012

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 ...

The Evidence Book

The Evidence Book

1st Edition

By Frans L. Leeuw
October 15, 2011

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...

From Studies to Streams Managing Evaluative Systems

From Studies to Streams: Managing Evaluative Systems

1st Edition

Edited By Nicoletta Stame
April 15, 2011

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 ...

Evaluation Seeking Truth or Power?

Evaluation: Seeking Truth or Power?

1st Edition

Edited By Pearl Eliadis, Jan-Eric Furubo, Steve Jacob
February 15, 2011

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 ...

Mind the Gap Perspectives on Policy Evaluation and the Social Sciences

Mind the Gap: Perspectives on Policy Evaluation and the Social Sciences

1st Edition

Edited By Jos Vaessen, Frans L. Leeuw
December 15, 2009

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...

Open to the Public Evaluation in the Public Sector

Open to the Public: Evaluation in the Public Sector

1st Edition

Edited By Richard Boyle, Jonathan D. Breul, Peter Dahler-Larsen
December 15, 2007

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 ...

Making Accountability Work Dilemmas for Evaluation and for Audit

Making Accountability Work: Dilemmas for Evaluation and for Audit

1st Edition

Edited By Marie-Louise Bemelmans-Videc, Jeremy Lonsdale, Burt Perrin
November 15, 2007

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 ...

Monitoring Performance in the Public Sector Future Directions from International Experience

Monitoring Performance in the Public Sector: Future Directions from International Experience

1st Edition

Edited By John Winston Mayne, Eduardo Zapico-Goñi
February 15, 2007

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 ...

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