Cloth $110.00 ISBN: 9781847429155 Published September 2012 For sale in North and South America only
Paper $42.95 ISBN: 9781847429148 Published September 2012 For sale in North and South America only

Evaluation for the Real World

The Impact of Evidence in Policy Making

Colin Palfrey, Paul Thomas, and Ceri Phillips

Colin Palfrey, Paul Thomas, and Ceri Phillips

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

248 pages | 2 figures, 5 tables | 6 x 9
Cloth $110.00 ISBN: 9781847429155 Published September 2012 For sale in North and South America only
Paper $42.95 ISBN: 9781847429148 Published September 2012 For sale in North and South America only

Evaluation research findings should be a key element of the policymaking process, but in reality, they are often disregarded. Evaluation for the Real World examines the use—and nonuse—of evaluation research by decision makers. Analyzing the frameworks and criteria of various evaluation procedures, it highlights the impact evaluation has on public policy with an emphasis on the real world of decision making in the public sector and the political and economic pressures it faces. Assessing the work of influential academics in both the United States and UK, the authors formulate strong arguments for the adoption of a different approach to evaluation.

 
People, Place and Policy
“Provides a careful, comprehensive, and detailed history of the field . . . targeted at policy and public sector management students, academics, and practitioners”
Philip Jacobs | University of Alberta and the Institute of Health Economics

“This book provides a critical and long overdue analysis of the contribution of decades of evaluation research to policy making.  The text is concise, comprehensive, objective, and eminently readable.”

Contents
List of tables and figures
Preface
Acknowledgements

1. Evaluation in the political and academic worlds
2. What is meant by evaluation?
3. Designing evaluations
4. Selecting evaluation criteria
5. Developments in economic evaluation
6. The impact of evaluation on decision making
7. The future for evaluation
8. Concluding thoughts

Index
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