Can Governments Learn?: Comparative Perspectives on Evaluation and Organizational Learning (Comparative Policy Evaluation)

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There is continual concern about the ability of governments to perform the duties and responsibilities that their citizens have come to expect from them. Many citizens view government as inept, arthritic, and dedicated to the preservation of the bureaucratic status quo. As we close the twentieth century, the challenge for democratic governments is to become adaptive, flexible, innovative, and creative. In short, they need to become learning organizations. This book explores what it will take for governments to break out of their traditional ways of approaching problems and leam new approaches to finding solutions.

Can Governments Learn? examines organizational learning in the public sector. It seeks to understand what role policy and program evaluation information can play in helping governments to learn. Among the democratic societies that are studied are Belgium, Canada, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the United States. Their governmental systems have produced and learned from evaluation information in quite different ways. Significantly, the studies documented here show that the concept of organizational learning has vitality and applicability cross-nationally.

Can Governments Learn ? evaluates preconditions for governmental learning as well as the institutional and human resource factors that contribute to the process. This is the third volume in the comparative policy analysis series. It is essential for policymakers, government officials, and scholars interested in improving the performance of governments.

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Frans L. Leeuw is the director of the Justice Research, Statistics and Information Center, affiliated to the Dutch Ministry of Justice and professor of law, public policy, and social science research at Maastricht University. He is one of the founders of the European Evaluation Society.

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“This is a collection of research reports on the use of formal evaluation processes by government agencies in five European and North American countries...  Graduate, faculty, professional.”

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