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Building Better Policies: The Nuts and Bolts of Monitoring and Evaluation
Acevedo et al
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This book is useful to anyone who cares about the quality of public policies and who wants to learn and understand how public policies and programs can be shaped with the objective of improving people’s welfare. You might be interested in setting development goals and specific targets for development outcomes for a specific country, province, city, or sectoral entity, and in the techniques that are available for doing that (as well as how these techniques might interact with the usual political pressures). Or you might want to understand the instructional and technical constraints to setting up an evaluation system that assess the impact of different interventions and provides as sense of whether the interventions are indeed effective in achieving development targets (that is, a system that allows you to know if you are doing the right things). Or you might want to know the characteristics of a monitoring system that provides real-time information on whether goods and services are being delivered as planned and whether output targets are being reached (that is, a system that indicates whether you are doing things right).