Evaluating the Complex: Attribution, Contribution and Beyond (Comparative Policy Evaluation 18)
By: Mita Marra (editor), Kim Forss (editor), Robert Schwartz (editor)Hardback
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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 equally complex. The book begins with a theoretical and conceptual explanation of the process and shows how this translates into the practice of evaluation. The chapters cover a wide variety of subjects, such as poverty, homelessness, smoking prevention, HIV/AIDS, and child labor. The use of case studies sheds light on the conceptual ideas at work in organizations addressing some of the world's largest and most varied problems. The evaluation process seeks a balance between order and chaos. The interaction of four elements--simplicity, inventiveness, flexibility, and specificity--allows complex patterns to emerge. The case studies illustrate this framework and provide a number of examples of practical management of complexity, in light of contingency theories of the evaluation process itself. These theories in turn match the complexity of evaluated policies, strategies, and programs.
The evaluation process is examined for its impact on policy outcomes and choices.
Kim Forss holds a Ph.D. from the Stockholm School of Economics. His research has concerned comparative studies of evaluation, the design of inquiring systems and organizational learning, utilization of results, as well as process use of evaluation.||Mita Marra is a full-time researcher at the Italian National Research Council. Since 1998, she has consulted with the World Bank Institute and the operations evaluation department of the World Bank, conducting evaluations on training and institutional development programs in developing countries.|Robert M. Schwartz, Professor of History at Mount Holyoke College, teaches modern European history. He is the author of Policing the Poor in Eighteenth-Century France, which won the David Pinkney Prize from the Society for French Historical Studies
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