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A Teaching Topic in Evaluation and Performance Measurement

How Do We Evaluate Policy?

This topic introduces students to policy and program evaluation. Students consider different strategies for evaluating the efficiency and effectiveness of public policies. Students learn how evaluators use logic models to define expected policy outcomes and measure success. Students also consider the political dimensions of policy evaluation.

Recommended Reading (Carleton University PADM 5116)

 Leslie A. Pal, Beyond Policy Analysis 4th ed. (Toronto: Nelson Education, 2010), chap. 7.  

 Mark Bovens, Paul T Hart, and Sanneke Kuipers, "The Politics of Policy Evaluation," in Michael Moran, Martin Rein and Robert E. Goodin, eds. The Oxford Handbook of Public Policy (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006), 319-335.

 Leslie A. Pal, “The Value-based Policy Development Model,” Working Paper

 John A. McLaughlin and Gretchen B. Jordan, “Using Logic Models,” in Joseph S. Wholey,

 Harry P. Hatry, and Kathryn E. Newcomer, eds., Handbook of Practical Program Evaluation, 2nd ed., (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2004), 7-32.

Source: PADM 5116 Syllabus, 2012

Page Created By: Ben Eisen, last edited 3 July, 2013


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