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The pluriformity of policy effect evaluation : an analysis of the effect evaluations of the municipality of Wierden in relation with its learning ability.

Mensink, C.C.G. (2015) The pluriformity of policy effect evaluation : an analysis of the effect evaluations of the municipality of Wierden in relation with its learning ability.

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Abstract:Society is complex and uncertain. Governments are not able to solve every problem that society is facing. Therefore governments need to evaluate their policies in order to verify to what extent the policies were successful. Many policies are confronted with unintended effects forcing people to be more reflexive. This means that policy effect evaluation forms an important part of the policy process of governments. Effective policies start with an thorough and complete analysis of the problem under consideration. This forms a crucial element in how once perceives problems and tries to solve it. This research focuses on how the municipality of Wierden performs policy effect evaluations and how the learning ability of its organisation can be increased based on the effect-measuring performance. Effect evaluation exist in many types; from ‘quick and dirty’ to ‘evidence-based’. This research indicates that policy effect evaluations are often carried out fairly intuitive. This had major consequences for the learning ability of the organisation because it is not able to identify which factors influences the success of failure of policies. This means that one is not able to make statements about the functioning of policies in practice.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Clients:
Gemeente Wierden, Wierden, The Netherlands
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:Public Administration MSc (60020)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/68982
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