Doing Public Good?: Private Actors, Evaluation, and Public Value, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Doing Public Good?

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

Edited by R. Pablo Guerrero O.


222 pages

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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. However, they are playing an increasing role in meeting societal needs across the developing world.

Doing Public Good? lays out key elements that need to be considered in evaluating the net results achieved by these private actors. It uses case studies and analysis to show how to answer such questions as: Is it working? How do they and the public know they are doing good? And how to improve? Such questions are particularly important since little is known about the net results of private avenues for delivering public value.

The contributors conclude that "doing good" organizations need to be more transparent and accountable regarding their operations and achievements. The book suggests perspectives on how better monitoring and evaluation systems can improve their accountability.

Table of Contents

Foreword, Ray C. Rist

Preface, R. Pablo Guerrero O. and Peter Wilkins

Part I: Concepts, Questions, and Context

1 The Provision and Evaluation of Public Services by Nonpublic Actors: Concepts and Questions
Andrew Gray

2 Three Models of Doing Good: Recognizing the Implications of Delivering Behavior Change and System Transformation
Tom Ling

3 Philanthropy, the State, and Public Goods
Tobias Jung and Jenny Harrow

Part II: Cases

4 Accountability for the Public Policy Contribution of Not-for-Profit Organizations: Who is Accountable to Whom, and for What?
Peter Wilkins and David Gilchrist

5 Achieving Results for Private Actors in Africa
Per oyvind Bastoe and Elizabeth M. White

6 The Rise of Indigenous African Foundations/ Philanthropies and their Development Impact
Andrew O. Asibey

7 How Accountable Are Charitable Organizations: An Empirical Study of International Children's Aid Organizations
David Kirsch and Robert Schwartz

8 The Provision of Public Goods and Services by Socially Oriented Entrepreneurs: Experiences of Indian Health Care
Andrew Gray and Rosalind Miller

9 Social Impact Bonds: The Role of Evaluation
David Gilchrist and Peter Wilkins

10 Being Good, but Doing Good?: The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation's Role in the Provision of Safe Water Supply in Africa
R. Pablo Guerrero O.

11 Reframing "Doing Good": A Canadian Case Study
Pearl Eliadis

Part III: Conclusions

12 Conclusions
Donald Lemaire



About the Series

Comparative Policy Evaluation

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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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Philanthropy & Charity