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Pushing Evaluation Forward. Institutionalization As A Means To Foster Methodological Growth Of Legislative Ex Ante Evaluation

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The aspiration of ex ante legislative evaluation is deceivingly simple: it aims at predicting snippets of the future. This chapter explains the relationship between the nature of legislation in the welfare state and evaluation. Grounded on empirical findings in governmental departments in the Netherlands and Belgium, some important conclusions are drawn with regard to the characteristics of the application of these two families, such as asymmetrical use and resistance to innovation. Subsequently, the chapter argues why this situation is undesirable. It explains this situation, paving the road for a remedy. The chapter promotes the institutionalization of evaluation as a way to enhance the sound use of both consultation and computation in legislative ex ante evaluation. The embedding of evaluation in an organizational framework and other actions related to the process of institutionalization will tackle many of the methodological challenges and offers additional advantages as well.

Keywords: ex ante evaluation; institutionalization; instrumental legislation



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