1st Edition

Evaluation and Turbulent Times Reflections on a Discipline in Disarray

Edited By Jan-Eric Furubo Copyright 2013
    275 Pages
    by Routledge

    284 Pages
    by Routledge

    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 contribute in times of turbulence?

    Examining the state of evaluation today, the volume's editors cover a broad range of topics, including post-hoc evaluation; shifting economic paradigms; the World Bank Group's response to the global economic crisis; challenges in evaluating financial literacy; evaluating counter-terrorism programs; evaluation in the context of humanitarian crises; and why civil society organizations in sub-Saharan Africa matter in evaluating poverty interventions.

    The contributors explore the role of evaluation in the search for solutions to global instability. They recognize, however, that in order to address unprecedented crises, evaluation itself needs to be evaluated and updated as part of the process of change and reform. This volume is the latest in Transaction's well-respected Comparative Policy Evaluation series.

    1: Introduction; 1: Changed Perspectives on Evaluation in Turbulent Times; 2: Quiet Past and Stormy Present: The Challenges for Evaluation; 3: Development Evaluation in an Age of Turbulence; 4: Unknowns and Ex Ante Evaluation: The Case for Scenario-Based Approaches; 2: Economic Turbulences and Evaluation; 5: Embracing Evaluation in Turbulent Economic and Fiscal Times; 6: Shifting Economic Paradigms: Can Evaluation Help Solve the European Dilemma of Public Spending?; 7: Evaluating the World Bank Group’s Response to the Global Economic Crisis in Real Time; 8: Challenges in Evaluating Financial Literacy; 3: The Political in Turbulent Times; 9: How Evaluation Is Accommodated in Emergency Policy Making: A Comparison of Post-9/11 Emergency Legislation in the United Kingdom and the United States; 10: Evaluating Counterterrorism: The Case of the Netherlands; 11: Evaluation in the Context of Humanitarian Crises; 12: Why Civil Society Organizations in Sub-Saharan Africa Matter in Monitoring and Evaluating Poverty Interventions in Turbulent Times: A Case Study of Ghana; 4: Outlook; 13: Postscript—Evaluation and Turbulence: Beyond an Incremental View of the World


    Jan-Eric Furubo has worked at different Swedish ministries, governmental agencies and The National Audit Office. He was the first president of the Swedish Evaluation Society and has had different roles within the European Evaluation Society.