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What is Policy Evaluation

Managing Patients' Organizations to Improve Healthcare: Emerging Research and Opportunities
Consists on the assessment of the changes occurred due to the policy, to be measured in short, intermediate and long terms. The evaluation can take place during the policy design (before implementation) to compare the cost-benefit or cost-effectiveness of alternative policy options; during implementation, to monitor short and medium term policy outcomes; and at the end of implementation, to evaluate long term indicators of policy-driven changes (impact evaluation).
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Patient Advocacy and the Policy Making Process
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-2653-8.ch002
Recent developments in the policy-making literature and practice have highlighted the growing role of patient advocacy, that is, the participation of patients in policy making through the presence of their representatives at institutional working tables. This chapter has a twofold aim: (1) to frame the activity of patient organizations' advocacy into the public management and administration theory and (2) to describe how patients' organizations can participate to the public policy making from an operational point of view. The chapter starts by providing background information about patient advocacy. Then it introduces the core literature streams of public management and administration. Finally, a feedback analysis shows possible policy cycles linking patient-aided steps of interactive policy making.
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