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Public Policy and Program Evaluation

Public Policy and Program Evaluation

Paperback Published: 28th February 2000
ISBN: 9780765806871
Number Of Pages: 360

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Evaluation is a controversial and little understood strategy of public governance, control, and decision-making. As early as classical antiquity, scholars were summoned to court to counsel kings. Public policy and program evaluation is a recent addition to the great chain of attempts to use the brainpower of scholars and scientists to further the interests of the state. Evaluation scholars are asked to provide retrospective assessments of the implementation, output, and outcome of government measures in order to effect deeper understanding and well-grounded decisions on the part of those in charge of government operations. Evaluation is the process of distinguishing the worthwhile from the worthless, the precious from the useless; evaluation implies looking backward in order to be able to steer forward better.

All evaluation rests upon the idea that perceptions, opinions, intentions, judgments -- in short, everything concerned with the world of human consciousness -- play such interesting roles in political and administrative action that their functions are worth investigating. Through experience, humans may learn from past actions. The interventions of the modern state are so extensive, their execution so complicated, and their potential consequences so far reaching that science and social research are needed to monitor operations and establish impacts. As an excellent introduction to the field of policy evaluation, Public Policy and Program Evaluation will be a valuable resource for students of public administration, public policy, political science, education, and sociology.

Industry Reviews

-The strength of this book is its thorough integration of policy context into the various phases of program evaluation... This is a solid introduction to program evaluation and the interaction of this activity with the policy environment generally.-

--R. Heineman, Choice

-[T]his is a work that will prove fruitful for students and scholars of civil rights, southern politics, and the power and limitations of law.-

--Peter Petrakis, Political Science Quarterly "The strength of this book is its thorough integration of policy context into the various phases of program evaluation... This is a solid introduction to program evaluation and the interaction of this activity with the policy environment generally."

--R. Heineman, Choice

"[T]his is a work that will prove fruitful for students and scholars of civil rights, southern politics, and the power and limitations of law."

--Peter Petrakis, Political Science Quarterly "The strength of this book is its thorough integration of policy context into the various phases of program evaluation... This is a solid introduction to program evaluation and the interaction of this activity with the policy environment generally."

--R. Heineman, Choice

"[T]his is a work that will prove fruitful for students and scholars of civil rights, southern politics, and the power and limitations of law."

--Peter Petrakis, Political Science Quarterly "The strength of this book is its thorough integration of policy context into the various phases of program evaluation... This is a solid introduction to program evaluation and the interaction of this activity with the policy environment generally."

--R. Heineman, Choice

List of Figures
Preface to the English Edition
Preface to the First Swedish Edition
Evaluation: A Semantic Magnetp. 1
Evaluation Between Intervention and Feedbackp. 15
Evaluation, Rationality, and Theories of Public Managementp. 25
Models of Evaluationp. 35
The Eight Problems Approach to Evaluationp. 93
Evaluation Purposesp. 101
Internal or External Evaluationp. 115
Characterizing the Public Interventionp. 121
Monitoringp. 137
Pre-Evaluationp. 157
Impact Assessment as Tryout and Social Experimentationp. 165
Generic, Reflexive, Statistical, and Shadow Controlsp. 195
Process Evaluation and Implementation Theoryp. 209
Merit Criteria and Performance Standardsp. 247
Uses and Utility of Evaluationp. 265
Glossary of Key Concepts in Evaluationp. 291
Referencesp. 313
Indexp. 327
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ISBN: 9780765806871
ISBN-10: 0765806878
Series: Public Policy and Program Evaluation
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 360
Published: 28th February 2000
Publisher: TRANSACTION PUBL
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.54

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