The Role of Evaluation in Building Evidence-Based Policy

Larry L. Orr

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Growing recognition that many government programs may be ineffective, or at best of unproven effectiveness, has led to the evidence-based policy movement—an effort to ensure that proposed and existing public programs have been shown to achieve their objectives. Rigorous evaluation is central to this movement. In this article, I briefly review the history of evaluation of social programs and the barriers to the application of effective evaluation to public policy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)51-59
Number of pages9
JournalAnnals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 1 2018


  • barriers to evaluation
  • evaluation
  • evaluation history
  • evidence-based policy
  • randomized trials
  • social experiments

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences(all)


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