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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 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
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...

From Studies to Streams: Managing Evaluative Systems

From Studies to Streams: Managing Evaluative Systems

1st Edition

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

Jan-Eric Furubo
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

Jos Vaessen
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...

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