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Program and policy evaluations in practice: Highlights from the federal perspective.
New Directions for Evaluation (2016)
  • REBECCA A MAYNARD
  • Naomi Goldstein
  • Demetra S Nightingale
Abstract
This paper explores ways to improve the value of policy and program evaluations from the perspectives of current and former government officials whose professional responsibilities lie at the intersection of producing and using evidence to inform federal policies and overseeing the practices of federally sponsored programs. Specifically, the evidence generated through evaluations can be very important in two policy domains: (1) responsible oversight of federal resources, policies, and programs, and (2) efficient allocation of scarce program dollars. Such evidence is most useful if it is reliable and relevant to the current contexts of policy and practice and if it supports meaningful comparisons across programs or policy options. 
Keywords
  • public policy,
  • policy analysis,
  • impact evaluation,
  • randomized controlled trials,
  • evidence use
Publication Date
Winter December 1, 2016
DOI
DOI: 10.1002/ev.20209
Citation Information
REBECCA A MAYNARD, Naomi Goldstein and Demetra S Nightingale. "Program and policy evaluations in practice: Highlights from the federal perspective." New Directions for Evaluation Vol. 152 (2016) p. 105 - 135
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/rebecca_maynard/31/