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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.

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The Realpolitik of Evaluation: Why Demand and Supply Rarely Intersect

The Realpolitik of Evaluation: Why Demand and Supply Rarely Intersect

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Markus Palenberg, Arne Paulson
October 08, 2020

The Realpolitik of Evaluation shines a light on the divergent demands for evaluation. But what explains the "gap" between what those on the "demand" side expect in terms of evaluation results, and the "supply" of information provided by evaluators? Can anything be done to narrow this gap? What...

Long Term Perspectives in Evaluation: Increasing Relevance and Utility

Long Term Perspectives in Evaluation: Increasing Relevance and Utility

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Kim Forss, Ida Lindkvist, Mark McGillivray
September 09, 2020

Long Term Perspectives in Evaluation is the first book to advocate the virtues of a long-term perspective for policy evaluation as well as to show how evaluations can take a longer time perspective than they usually do. To get there, it is necessary to understand the decision-making context of...

Crossover of Audit and Evaluation Practices: Challenges and Opportunities

Crossover of Audit and Evaluation Practices: Challenges and Opportunities

1st Edition

Maria Barrados, Jeremy Lonsdale
February 28, 2020

Crossover of Audit and Evaluation Practices brings together academic analysis with insights from practitioners to discuss the potential for collaboration in audit and evaluation practices between three professional disciplines. Clearly written and thoughtfully organized, this volume is structured...

The Evaluation Enterprise: A Critical View

The Evaluation Enterprise: A Critical View

1st Edition

Jan-Eric Furubo, Nicoletta Stame
July 16, 2018

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...

Cyber Society, Big Data, and Evaluation

Cyber Society, Big Data, and Evaluation

1st Edition

Gustav Jakob Petersson, Jonathan D. Breul
February 19, 2018

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...

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

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

1st Edition

R. Pablo Guerrero O.
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

Rudi Turksema
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

Kim Forss, Mitta 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

Jan-Eric Furubo
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

Jean-Claude Barbier
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

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...

Evaluating the Complex: Attribution, Contribution and Beyond

Evaluating the Complex: Attribution, Contribution and Beyond

1st Edition

Mita Marra
August 15, 2011

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...

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