Until now public-sector reform and evaluation have mostly been discussed as separate fields and by separate `communities'. This book aims at closing the gap in the international debate and literature by exploring the connections, and the interdependence, which exist between public-sector reform and evaluation. This book aspires to bring the discussion to a new level.
With an assembly of articles written by internationally renowned scholars and experts, Evaluation in Public-Sector Reform is unique in its broad geographical range. It explores countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden and the USA, as well as categorically addressing countries which have so far remained conspicuously neglected in the international debate, including: the Netherlands, Germany and Italy as Continental European countries, and Japan and Latin America. This unusually broad focus brings to the fore the double function which evaluation has typically acquired in the context of public-sector reforms: its twofold mission is, on the one hand, to create transparency - promoting internal tools and procedures in public administration - and on the other, to produce external evaluative information, analyses and research on the processes and results of public-sector reforms. So, evaluation is experiencing a new (`third') wave, which is explicitly shown in this book.
Academics, practitioners and students will be attracted to the book, first, for the broad regional scope of the overview presented on public-sector modernisation, and second, for exploring and highlighting evaluation in its `Siamese-twin'-like connection with public-sector reform.