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Jackson, A. (2014). Evaluation of public policy advocacy: challenges, principles and BEST-AC case study.
The authors of this journal aimed at demonstrating the evaluation of the processes as well as the results of advocacy can be assessed in ways that can be useful in learning and accountability. The paper reviewed the advocacy literature with emphasis on works on development. It also explains examples of the systematic evaluation of the Business Environment Strengthening in Tanzania-advocacy Component business advocacy program that took place in Tanzania. The design of the paper’s research was based on scientific realism that gave disaggregated and contextual advocacy analyses. Results of the research established that rigorous methods that are also cost-effective can be established on condition of a clear conceptualization as the initial step.
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Also, it was determined that systematic analysis that influence the methods and capacity building exhibit the relative skill of the advocacy organizations, and also give room for the financiers to intermediate progress indicators that would otherwise be invincible. Implications of this paper are the perpetual conceptualizations and measurements that give room for comparisons that involve distinct projects and organizations. Also, integration of the methods of operations and program campaigns allows for the assessors to provide feedback in real time, thereby reducing the burden of the part of the evaluators.
Santos Curto, H., & Dias, Á. (2014). Administrative reforms and performance of local public policies.
This paper was purposed to explain the relationship that exists between administrative reforms in Portugal, and their effects on the autonomy of local governments. This was with regard to the budgetary resources of the state and local municipal collection of revenue. This is regarded as a form of civil society participation in the local public policies. The research established how increased participation of the civil society on local public policies is connected to reduced dependency on state budgets as well as several other local structure of management. The implication of the research was on the economic and social development of new policies for the public, in administrative reforms context.
Van Helden, G., & Huijben, M. (2014). Controlling overhead in public sector organizations.
The authors of this paper undertook to investigate the various mechanisms that are employed in controlling overhead. These were selected based on a framework of transaction cost economics (TCE). Its methodology was based on a field study of the organizations in the Dutch public sector. This study established that a central steering that has an interface between the providers and users was deemed as the most desirable mechanism of control. Despite this, complaints among the users established that their functions did not meet their needs sufficiently. Internal market control enjoyed very little support owing to its potential to increase internal calculations workload, thereby resulting in unwanted disparities in the overhead utilization among the departments of primary services. This paper implicated managers to reflect on the combination between the mechanisms of overhead control and the features of overhead functions.
- Jackson, A. (2014). Evaluation of public policy advocacy: challenges, principles and BEST-AC case study. International Journal of Public Sector Management, 27(4), 272-280.
- Santos Curto, H., & Dias, Á. (2014). Administrative reforms and performance of local public policies. International Journal of Public Sector Management, 27(6), 462-474.
- Van Helden, G., & Huijben, M. (2014). Controlling overhead in public sector organizations. International Journal of Public Sector Management, 27(6), 475-485.