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Evidence-Building and Evaluation in Government

Evidence-Building and Evaluation in Government

December 2021 | 168 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Public managers, contractors, and grantees conducting evaluations for government operate in complex environment where policymakers and commissioners of evaluation expect different types of “evidence” and simultaneously employ different criteria in judging the quality of that evidence. This text provides a road map for evaluators doing business within or for government, and public managers who are expected to assess and use evidence generated by a large variety of evaluation approaches. The book provides checklists and how-to guidance to help students and other readers develop skills in important activities such as: assessing the quality of evidence claims; developing theories of change to guide the design and evaluation of programs and policies; developing learning agendas to bridge the gap between evidence producers and potential evidence users; and increasing the support of public leaders and executives in the generation and use of evidence to inform their decision-making. The authors include end-of-chapter exercises for readers to test their ability to apply the skills described.
Chapter 1 The Evidence-Building Mandate
Chapter 2 Assessing the Quality of Evidence
Chapter 3. Employing Evaluative Thinking
Chapter 4. Developing Learning Agendas for Public Organizations
Chapter 5. Building Capacity to Generate and Supply Evidence
Chapter 6. Building Capacity to Use Evidence
Chapter 7 Sustaining Momentum for Evidence-Building Capacity in Government

The Evidence Act will have major implications for the Federal Government and the evaluation community over the next years and decades. This book discusses how to use evidence in evaluation and policy research in a trailblazing and timely fashion.

Katrin Anacker
George Mason University

Kathryn Newcomer

Kathryn Newcomer is a professor in the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at the George Washington University where she teaches graduate level courses on public and nonprofit program evaluation, and research design. She served as the Trachtenberg School director for over 12 years, until July 2019. She is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, and currently serves on the Comptroller General’s Educators’ Advisory Panel. She served as an elected member of the Board of Directors of the American Evaluation Association (AEA) (2013-2015 and 2016-2018), and as AEA president for 2017. She served as... More About Author

Nicholas Hart

Nick Hart is the President of the Data Foundation. Prior to joining the Data Foundation, Dr. Hart was Director of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Evidence Project. In that capacity, he championed a strategy for implementing the bipartisan recommendations issued by the U.S. Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking. Dr. Hart previously served as the policy and research director for the commission, overseeing the policy and research team and leading development of the commission’s final report in 2017. With nearly a decade of experience in the federal government, Dr. Hart worked on a wide range of issues including social security, disability,... More About Author

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ISBN: 9781071808726