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Published in Association with European Evaluation Society (EES)
The International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice

eISSN: 14617153 | ISSN: 13563890 | Current volume: 30 | Current issue: 2 Frequency: Quarterly

Over the last two decades, evaluation has become a major issue for academics, governmental and public organizations and businesses throughout the world. This has, however, resulted in a body of knowledge scattered across disciplines, professions and countries.

To promote dialogue internationally and to build bridges within this expanding field, Evaluation: The International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice was launched in July 1995.

Evaluation is interdiciplinary, bringing together contributions from across the social sciences and related disciplines, including, but not limited to:

  • politics, economics and public administration
  • psychology, sociology and anthropology
  • education, health and law
  • information science and information technology

The journal publishes multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary and issue-based contributions.

Evaluation encourages dialogue between different evaluation traditions such as program evaluation, technology assessment, auditing, value-added studies, policy evaluation and quality assessment.

The journal also bridges domains where evaluation is currently taking place, including:

  • education, science and technology policy
  • criminal justice
  • healthcare and social services
  • vocational training
  • regional development

Edited from a European base, Evaluation is an international journal which promotes exchange between European, North American, Asian and Australasian voices within the evaluation community.

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  • Special Issues - Occasional Special Issues examine important topics in depth.
  • Visits to the World of Practice - This is an occasional feature based on visits by members of the editorial team to important centres of evaluation practice.
  • News from the Community - The journal will inform you about the activities and plans of different evaluation societies and associations.
  • Reviews - The book review section in alternate issues will keep you in touch with the latest publications in your field.
  • Speeches and Addresses - This is an occasional feature, not in article format, in which presentations at conferences and other public gatherings are brought to a wider audience.
  • Debates, Notes and Queries - In this feature you are invited to share your views and enter into debate with other readers.

Evaluation is available on SAGE Journals Online.

The journal Evaluation launched in 1995, publishes fully refereed papers and aims to advance the theory, methodology and practice of evaluation. We favour articles that bridge theory and practice whether through generalizable and exemplary cases or theoretical and methodological innovation.The journal’s objectives include:

  • Integrating theory and practice in evaluation
  • Intellectual openness and excellence
  • Building bridges across the different traditions of the global evaluation community
  • Identifying synergies across different disciplinary and policy domains
  • Reinforcing evaluative thinking across professional, scholarly and institutional settings

Evaluation publishes cutting-edge articles, revisits and advances professional and scholarly debates and engages with the world of evaluation practice. We are based in Europe and cooperate closely with the European Evaluation Society but remain an independent voice, committed to encouraging dialogue between different evaluation traditions worldwide.

The journal is interdisciplinary drawing for example on political science, sociology, psychology, economics, anthropology and the philosophy of science. Over the last 20 years evaluation has become integral to many public-policy, regulatory and civil-society institutions. The journal Evaluation therefore welcomes innovative submissions from interconnected fields such as policy analysis, social work, technology development, education and auditing.

The journal also publishes Special Issues on topics that will help advance thinking and practice in evaluation.

Elliot Stern FAcSS, Emeritus Professor of Evaluation Research, University of Lancaster, UK
Associate Editors
Murray Saunders Centre for the Study of Education and Training, Lancaster University, UK
Nicoletta Stame University of Rome, 'La Sapienza', Italy
Editorial Advisory Board
Brad Astbury The University of Melbourne, Australia
Barbara Befani Independent Consultant and Visiting Researcher, University of Surrey, UK
Maria Bustelo Compultense University of Madrid, Spain
Eleanor Chelimsky Independent Consultant for Evaluation Policy and Methodology, USA
Jill Anne Chouinard University of Victoria, Canada
Rick Davies Independent Consultant, UK
Thomas Delahais Quadrant Conseil, France
Kim Forss Andante-Tools for Thinking AB, Sweden
Emily Gates Boston College, USA
Luke Georghiou Programme of Policy Research in Engineering, Science and Technology, University of Manchester, UK
Ernest R House University of Colorado at Boulder, USA
Wilhelm Krull Secretary General, Volkswagen Foundation, Hanover, Germany
Stefan Kuhlmann Department of Science, Technology, and Policy Studies, University of Twente, Netherlands
Daniele Lamarque EES President and European Court of Auditors, France
Frans L. Leeuw Law and Public Law, Maastricht University, Netherlands
Sebastian Lemire Abt Associates, USA
Arnold J Love Independent Evaluation Consultant, Toronto, Canada
Ray Pawson University of Leeds, UK
May Pettigrew European Commission, Belgium
Patricia Rogers BetterEvaluation, Australia
Thomas A. Schwandt University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA
Peter van der Knaap IOB Evaluation Institute, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Hague, Netherlands
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