Program Evaluation: Its Significance and Priority for Shaping and Modification of Public Policies: A Comparative Analysis

ASBBS 17th Annual Conference, 2010

18 Pages Posted: 27 Nov 2010

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Asghar Zomorrodian

School of Public Policy & Administration Walden University

Lucica Matei

National School of Political Studies and Public Administration (NSPSPA)

Date Written: November 26, 2010

Abstract

Although the primary purpose of evaluation is to improve the quality of programs by identifying theirs strengths and weaknesses, its roles becomes more instrumental in determining the fate of crucial policies and programs, when stakeholders and constituents are politically sensitive towards a given policy and allocation of scarce resources to them particularly in bad economic situation. Policies like economic recovery, health care reform in U.S., and similar economic programs at the regional and global levels in other countries fall in that category. Assessing the organizational capability in achieving the desired policy outcomes and the gap between the program plan and its implementation is another vitally important result that can be obtained via sound evaluation process. This paper presents a case on the significance of policy and program evaluation and how a disciplined approach to such evaluation can provide factual evidences on the utility and impact of a given policy or program and gaining support from its sponsors and constituents. A review of evaluation traditions is followed by making reference to a few examples from United States and Romanian scenes.

Keywords: public policies, program evaluation, comparative analysis

JEL Classification: D73,D78

Suggested Citation

Zomorrodian, Asghar and Matei, Lucica, Program Evaluation: Its Significance and Priority for Shaping and Modification of Public Policies: A Comparative Analysis (November 26, 2010). ASBBS 17th Annual Conference, 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1715642

Asghar Zomorrodian

School of Public Policy & Administration Walden University ( email )

Irvine, CA
United States

Lucica Matei (Contact Author)

National School of Political Studies and Public Administration (NSPSPA) ( email )

6 Povernei Street
Bucharest, 010643
Romania
0040213146507 (Phone)
0040213146507 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://www.snspa.ro

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