Call for papers: Program evaluation in social policy: bridges between practice, theory and methodology (Deadline 2 April 2011)
Program evaluation has become a standard practice in the design and implementation of public policy as an outcome of continuing pressures toward effectiveness, efficiency and accountability in public management. Besides the evident improvements entailed by these developments in the area of policy implementation the benefits of these concerns are manifolds: first, there are large and very valuable amounts of empirical evidence that can be used in assessing competing hypotheses regarding phenomena involved in the addressed programs; second, policies gain in quality through evidence based design; and last but not least, an entire area o methodological and disciplinary interrogation is flourishing.
Our special JSR&P issue endeavors to take advantage of this increasing and largely unused body of knowledge by inviting theoretical, methodological and, evidently, empirical articles coming from the area of program evaluation especially from the field of social policy. Research or practice notes and book reviews are also welcome by the editors.