This article explores the time dimension in policy evaluation studies. We argue that time has been given little attention in policy evaluation studies, despite it being very important for the occurrence and assessment of policy success or failure. We therefore propose to make time a central element of policy evaluation. First, we explore the theoretical foundations behind the concept of time. Second, we present a case study to investigate the presence of time in that specific case and the evaluation thereof. We conclude with recommendations for policy evaluation studies.

Evaluation, Policy programmes, Temporal dimension, Time
dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11077-012-9169-3, hdl.handle.net/1765/38523
Policy Sciences: an international journal devoted to the improvement of policy making
Erasmus School of Economics

Bressers, N.E.W, van Twist, M.J.W, & ten Heuvelhof, E.F. (2013). Exploring the temporal dimension in policy evaluation studies. Policy Sciences: an international journal devoted to the improvement of policy making, 46(1), 23–37. doi:10.1007/s11077-012-9169-3