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Legislative Program Evaluation: Utilization-Driven Research for Decision Makers: New Directions for Evaluation, Number 81

Legislative Program Evaluation: Utilization-Driven Research for Decision Makers: New Directions for Evaluation, Number 81

R. Kirk Jonas (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-787-94901-3

Apr 1999

113 pages

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One of the signature steps in the evolution of the modern legislature was the development of program evaluation capabilities. Legislative program evaluation (LPE) allows legislatures to ensure that the programs they establish or fund are operating efficiently, effectively, and economically. Unlike evaluations that have knowledge development as their primary purposes, LPE is utilization-driven because its customer-the legislature-demands useful, timely knowledge "in plain English." LPE's focus on utilization creates some unique conditions, methods, processes, and products that add overall value to the field of program evaluation.

This volume of New Directions for Evaluation gives an overview of the dynamic field of LPE and reveals what evaluators can learn from LPE's innovative work. Chapters explore LPE's creation of databases using new technologies; techniques for communicating evaluation findings to the client; use of convergent methods to strengthen findings in complex study areas; and application of "out-of-the-box" approaches to evaluation, such as systems modeling. This is the 81st issue of the quarterly journal New Directions for Evaluation.

Against the Whim: State Legislatures' Use of Program Evaluation (R. Jonas).

Legislative Utilization of Evaluations (D. Bezruki, et al.).

Lessons Learned from Evaluating the Feasibility of Privatizing Government Services (R. Thomas, et al.).

Access to Information: The Legislative Advantage (R. Jonas).

The Use of Systems Modeling in Legislative Program Evaluation (P. McIntire & A. Glaze).

Convergent Policy Analysis (D. Saunders-Newton, et al.).

How Information Technology Changes Delivery of Evaluation: The Florida Government Accountability Report (G. Wade).

The Nature of Knowledge and Language in the Legislative Arena (N. Zajano & S. Lochtefeld).

The Impact of Term Limits on Legislative Program Evaluation (R. Mohan & M. Stutzman).