Evaluating policy effects

Peter Knoepfel, Corinne Larrue, Frédéric Varone and Michael Hill

in Public policy analysis

Published by Policy Press

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9781861349071
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303121 | DOI:
Evaluating policy effects

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This chapter discusses the effects of policies and the ways in which they are examined. It provides operational definitions of the concepts of policy impacts, which take account of changes affecting target groups, and policy outcomes, which describe the effects actually generated among the end beneficiaries. It presents five criteria that are generally applied when evaluating the effects of a policy — extent of impact, effectiveness, efficiency, relevance, and productive economy. It notes that these two preliminary stages aid in identifying the form and content of the various evaluative statements that can be observed in political-administrative reality. It determines the principal actors of the evaluation stage, their direct and indirect games, and the resources and institutions mobilized during the process of the production of these evaluative statements.

Keywords: policy effects; target groups; beneficiaries; effectiveness; productive economy; principal actors

Chapter.  11620 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Organizations

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