This book provides recently developed and tested methods for assessing the strengths and weaknesses of planning and policy options. Several contributions focus on new substantive areas of concern in planning evaluation, including environmental justice and sustainable urban development. Applications of evaluation in several planning contexts are demonstrated, and special problems that these pose are assessed. Several chapters address how to communicate the process and results to several stakeholder groups, and how to engage these groups in the evaluation process. Each chapter employs a real-world case in practice, thus dealing with the complexity of applying planning evaluation, and providing practical advice useful in similar situations.
'The late Henk Voogd, grand master of planning evaluation and co-author of one of the chapters in this collection, would have been pleased: under the able guidance of the editors, an excellent team of authors leaves past debates between rationalist and communicative planners behind; optimisation is simply of the essence of evaluation. The real issues addressed in this rich book, being the result of a sustained cooperative effort, relate to its scope and dimensions.' Andreas Faludi, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands 'If you need to keep abreast of recent developments in planning evaluation, this volume represents a useful investment.' Institute of Economic Development