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VIII Konferencja Ewaluacyjna Methodological Developments and Challenges in UK Policy Evaluation Daniel Fujiwara. VIII Evaluation Conference ‘ Methodological Developments and Challenges in UK Policy Evaluation ’ . Daniel Fujiwara Senior Economist Cabinet Office & London School of Economics

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Viii konferencja ewaluacyjna methodological developments and challenges in uk policy evaluation

VIII Konferencja Ewaluacyjna

Methodological Developments and Challenges in UK Policy Evaluation

Daniel Fujiwara


Viii evaluation conference methodological developments and challenges in uk policy evaluation

VIII Evaluation Conference‘Methodological Developments and Challenges in UK Policy Evaluation’

Daniel Fujiwara

Senior Economist Cabinet Office & London School of Economics

Warsaw, November 2012.


Policy evaluation in the uk

Policy evaluation in the UK

  • Analysts in government have a long history and tradition of policy evaluation.


The magenta book

The Magenta Book

  • Assessing whether the policy had a causal impact on the outcomes of interest.


The green book

The Green Book

  • Cost-benefit analysis is the key tool for policy assessment. CBA enters at the Appraisal stage

  • Appraise policy interventions in terms of their social costs and benefits.

  • Further supported through the Social Value Act(2012)


Challenges to policy evaluation

Challenges to policy evaluation

  • Some constraints on use of impact evaluation findings:

  • Are the impact and valuation estimates robust?

  • Have we acknowledged and included all possible impacts?

  • Are there some things that are considered separately – eg, merit goods, distribution (of income, health etc).


Challenges to policy evaluation impact measurement 1

Challenges to policy evaluation: Impact measurement (1)

  • Identifying and measuring the

    counterfactual

  • Many public sector

    organisations moving

    to the Maryland

    Evaluation scale.

  • ‘What Works’ institutes like Washington State Institute for Public Policy.

  • Scale ranks how

    well counterfactuals have

    been measured in the

    analysis.


Challenges to policy evaluation impact measurement 2

Challenges to policy evaluation: Impact measurement (2)

  • Level 5 study designs are being increasingly used for public policy interventions.

  • RCTs used in tax policy, environment policy and labour market interventions.


Challenges to policy evaluation valuation

Challenges to policy evaluation: Valuation

  • Supplementary Green Book guidance provides guidelines on how to valuesocial impacts

  • Preference methods or Wellbeing Valuation ?

  • Different methods are increasingly allowing us to value and include a broad range of impacts


Challenges to policy evaluation summary

Challenges to policy evaluation: Summary

  • These developments and new guidelines for policy evaluation help us to understand the impacts of a policy better and to continuously improve the success of policy interventions.

  • Policy interventions are enhanced during this process through the use of evidence from behavioural science.


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