Handbook of Public Policy Evaluation
Publication Year: 2002
Subject: Public Policy (general)
Handbook of Public Policy Evaluation is the only book of its kind to present aspects of public policy evaluation that relate to economic, technology, social, political, international, and legal problems. Rather than looking at specific narrowly focused programs, this book emphasizes broad-based evaluation theory, study, and application, providing a rich variety of exceptional insights and ideas.
Designed to facilitate integration and coherence, key features in this volume include:
- Systematic evaluation, measuring the policy alternatives available for achieving goals
- Win-win evaluation, processing policy alternatives that can enable conservatives, liberals, and other major viewpoints to all come out ahead of their best initial expectations simultaneously
- Policy evaluation, offering methods, examples, studies, professionalism, perspectives, concepts, trends, substance, theory, applications, dispute resolution, interdisciplinary interaction and bibliographies and applications
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- Front Matter
- Subject Index
- Section I: Foundation Ideas
Part 1: Win-Win Methods
- Chapter 1: Win-Win Analysis Summarized
- Chapter 2: The Big Trade-off: Fundamental Law or Red Herring?
- Chapter 3: Win-Win Equity
- Chapter 4: Lose-Lose and Win-Win Policies
- Chapter 5: Graphic Approaches to Understanding Super-Optimizing
Part 2: Win-Win Examples
- Chapter 6: Preventing Sexual Harassment While Preserving Academic Freedom: A Win-Win Analysis
- Chapter 7: Two Super-Optimum Solutions in a Cutback Mode
- Chapter 8: University to Industry Transfer
- Chapter 9: Profit Sharing and Job Anxiety: Moving Public Policy toward a Win-Win Solution
- Chapter 10: Another Win-Win Occurrence
Part 3: Public Policy Studies
- Chapter 11: Policy Evaluation Questions
- Chapter 12: Integrating Institutions and Implementation into Policy Decisions
- Chapter 13: Public and Private Sectors for Administering Public Functions
- Chapter 14: Sherman the Shark on Policy Evaluation
Part 4: Policy Professionalism
- Chapter 15: Productivity for Success
- Chapter 16: Professionalism Books for Graduate Students and others
- Chapter 17: Survey on Running a Policy Program
- Chapter 18: Academic Tyranny: The Tale and the Lessons
Part 5: Policymaker Perspectives
- Chapter 19: Public Health Challenges
- Section II: Policy Evaluation at the Cutting Edge
Part 1: Basic Concepts
- Chapter 20: Policy Theory
- Chapter 21: Building Frameworks for Policy Analysis
- Chapter 22: Causal Relations among Policy Fields
Part 2: Methods and Professionalism
- Chapter 23: Diverse Methods for Policy Analysis
- Chapter 24: Interactive Policy Analysis: Process Methods for Policy Reform
- Chapter 25: Changing Policy Research
- Chapter 26: Recruiting People and Obtaining Funds
- Chapter 27: Funding for Policy Evaluation
Part 3: Policy Evaluation Trends
- Chapter 28: Trends in Cross-Cutting Procedural Policy Issues
- Chapter 29: Public Policy in the 20th Century
- Chapter 30: The Future of the Policy Studies Organization
Part 4: Policy Evaluation Substance
- Chapter 31: Welfare Reform
- Chapter 32: “Ordinary” Injustice: A Memo to the Editor
- Chapter 33: Congressional Campaign Reform
- Chapter 34: Violence, Guns, Media, and Fathers
Part 5: Win-Win Theory
- Chapter 35: Super-Optimizing Solution Graphing
- Chapter 36: Win-Win Game Theory
- Chapter 37: Win-Win Mediation
- Chapter 38: Win-Win Allocation
- Chapter 39: Inconsistent Reactions to Win-Win Analysis
Part 6: Win-Win Applications
- Chapter 40: Coeffects Diagrams and Win-Win Analysis
- Chapter 41: Win-Win Economics
- Chapter 42: Super-Optimization: A New Approach to National Environmental Policymaking
- Chapter 43: Win-Win Decentralizing
- Chapter 44: Win-Win Justice
- Section III: Policy Evaluation Bibliographies
Part 1: Policy Evaluation in General
Part 2: Policy Studies Organization Books
- Chapter 47: Policy Studies Organization Policy Books
- Chapter 48: Recent Policy Studies Organization Policy Books
- Chapter 49: The Impact of Policy Studies Organization Books
Part 3: Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and Super-Optimum Solution (SOS)
- Chapter 50: Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Chapter 51: Literature Relevant to Super-Optimum Solutions
- Chapter 52: Super-Optimum Solution Publications
- Chapter 53: Bibliography from Creativity in Public Policy: Generating Super-Optimum Solutions
- Chapter 54: Further Reading on Super-Optimum Solutions
Part 4: Professionalism in Policy Evaluation
- Chapter 55: Obtaining Funding
- Chapter 56: Getting Published
- Chapter 57: Finding an Academic Niche
- Chapter 58: Creativity
Part 5: Public Policy and other Disciplines
Part 6: Special Resources
[Page ii]This book is dedicated to the universities at which I learned and taught public policy in classrooms:
Chicago, Hawaii, Illinois, Michigan, Northwestern, Oklahoma, Stanford, Wisconsin, and Yale.
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Handbook of public policy evaluation / edited by
Stuart S. Nagel
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Policy sciences — Evaluation — Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Evaluation research (Social action programs) — Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Negotiation — Handbooks, manuals, etc. Fairness — Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Nagel, Stuart S., 1934–
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Public policy evaluation involves deciding among alternative ways of resolving controversies regarding what should be done to deal with economic, technological, social, political, international, and legal problems at the societal level.
Systematic evaluation involves processing (a) goals to be achieved, (b) alternatives available for achieving them, and (c) relations between the goals and the alternatives to decide on the best alternative, the best combination of alternatives, or the best allocation among the alternatives. Win-win evaluation involves choosing policy alternatives that can enable conservatives, liberals, and other major groups to simultaneously achieve results that are better than their best initial expectations.
This landmark book deals with many aspects of public policy evaluation, such as methods, examples, studies, professionalism, perspectives, concepts, trends, substance, theory, applications, dispute resolution, interdisciplinary interaction, and bibliographies.
The following are key features and benefits of this book:
- Many insights and alternative perspectives on systematic policy evaluation are presented.
- Many ideas and applications dealing with win-win policy evaluation are discussed.
- There is an emphasis on evaluating public policies that relate to economic, technological, social, political, international, and legal problems rather than evaluating specific narrowly focused programs. For example, policy evaluation is concerned with how to deal with the cocaine-heroin problem, in contrast to program evaluation, which might be concerned with a specific halfway house in a certain city.
- The emphasis is on evaluation, in contrast to traditional political science, which emphasizes how policies are developed and sometimes how they are implemented rather than evaluating alternative policies for achieving goals.
- There is a concern for professionalism that relates to teaching, researching, publishing, employment opportunities, associations, and the key literature in the profession of public policy evaluation.[Page xii]
- A variety of applications, as contrasted to one or only a few large case studies, are presented.
The Handbook of Public Policy Evaluation is divided into three main components. The first component is foundation ideas, which include (a) win-win methods, (b) win-win examples, (c) the field of public policy studies, (d) policy professionalism, and (e) policymaker perspectives.
The second component is cutting-edge ideas, including (a) basic concepts, (b) methods and professionalism, (c) policy evaluation trends, (d) policy evaluation substance, (e) win-win theory, and (f) win-win applications.
The third component consists of policy evaluation bibliographies that are especially useful for reference purposes. These cover (a) policy evaluation in general; (b) books published by the Policy Studies Organization; (c) books that relate to alternative dispute resolution and super-optimum solutions; (d) professionalism in policy evaluation; (e) public policy and other disciplines; and (f) references related to developing regions, policy theory, and legal policy.
The Handbook of Public Policy Evaluation is especially relevant to the fields of public policy, public administration, political science, program evaluation, social policy, and related disciplines. Each major field of public policy relates to a different discipline or set of disciplines, including economic, technology, social, political, international, and legal policy. This book is also relevant to policy analysts, policymakers, professors, students, public administrators, political scientists, social scientists, and other interested scholars and practitioners.
Many years of teaching, research, publishing, workshoping, consulting, and other relevant activities have gone into the preparation of this handbook. Like a true handbook, it instills those years of experiences between two covers so that others can build on what has been developed.
This handbook will be considered a success if in a few years there are many new ideas on public policy evaluation that merit a second edition. The objective of a handbook is not to develop ideas that cannot be improved on. On the contrary, the objective is to stimulate many improvements in making the methods, processes, and substance of public policy evaluation even more effective, efficient, and equitable than it is today.