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Policy Evaluation, Brazil

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Introduction: Unraveling the Polysemy Around Policy Evaluation

There are different paths to understand evaluation or evaluation processes in public policies. In common, however, we can say that all paths lead to the production of a very specific type of knowledge: evaluative knowledge. Thus, discussing the nature of “knowledge” can be a good starting point for us to delve into evaluation. This is because it can help us problematize its definition within a multidisciplinary field of studies and practices, considering its different possibilities of configuration and representation, which includes the main epistemological disputes that we find behind its polysemy, its method disagreements, the dynamics behind the construction of publics, as well as its traditional formative logics. All these elements, among others, can help us to understand the social context of the evaluative knowledge production, which is increasingly gaining ground not only in the processes of governing and of...

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de Freitas Boullosa, R. (2021). Policy Evaluation, Brazil. In: Farazmand, A. (eds) Global Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Public Policy, and Governance. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-31816-5_3759-1

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