This Handbook deals with many aspects of public policy evaluation including methods, examples, studies, professionalism, perspectives, concepts, trends, substance, theory, applications, dispute resolution, interdisciplinary interaction and bibliographies. A rich variety of insights and alternative perspectives on systematic policy evaluation, as well as ideas and applications dealing with win-win policy evaluation are, brought together to create a unique resource in public policy evaluation.

Diverse Methods for Policy Analysis

The purpose of this chapter is to describe five diverse perspectives on public policy analysis. Public policy analysis can be defined as the study of the nature, causes, and effects of alternative public policies. An important part of studying the effects is using the information to evaluate alternative policies to determine which ones should be adopted.

The Perspectives

The five perspectives are

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