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Policy Evaluation: Methods and Approaches

A bilingual book presenting twenty-four qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods or approaches in evaluation

As part of its transversal activities in public policy evaluation, LIEPP took part in the preparation of a bilingual book presenting 24 qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods or approaches in evaluation. The book was published by Sciences et Bien commun (Quebec) and is fully accessible online in open access.

This project is part of the drive to extend the interdisciplinary scope of LIEPP in the context of its redeployment in partnership with the Université Paris Cité (UPC).

As an applied research practice, policy evaluation has borrowed a range of methods from the social sciences. But its growth has also led to the development of specific approaches. Based on this observation, two fundamental choices, in line with LIEPP's collective project, guide this book: combining tools from fundamental research with others developed in evaluation practice, and opening a dialogue between quantitative and qualitative methods. Twenty-four qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods or approaches are thus presented in a didactic and illustrated manner, based on a common series of questions that facilitate their comparison.This book draws heavily on the group of researchers open to interdisciplinarity and to the dialogue between methods that has been built up at LIEPP over the years: among the 25 authors of this book, nine are affiliated to LIEPP and eight others have had the opportunity to present their research at seminars organised by LIEPP. Thanks to its accessibility, this book is both a tool for interdisciplinary and inter-methods dialogue for academics, and a useful introduction for students, practitioners, policymakers and civil society.

Coordinated by

  • Anne Revillard: associate professor of sociology, member of the Centre for Research on social Inequalities (CRIS) of Sciences Po and director of LIEPP since august 2020. 



  • Mathias André (INSEE)
  • Neil Andersson (Université McGill)
  • Habibata Baldé (Université de Conakry)
  • Carlo Barone (CRIS/LIEPP)
  • Loubna Belaid (École Nationale d’Administration Publique de Montréal)
  • Genowefa Blundo-Canto (CIRAD)
  • Abdourahmane Coulibaly (Faculté de médecine et d’odontostomatologie (Mali), IRL « Environment – Health - Societies » UCAD, USTTB, CNRST / CNRS )
  • Thomas Delahais (Quadrant Conseil)
  • Agathe Devaux-Spatarakis (Quadrant Conseil)
  • Emanuele Ferragina (Sciences Po)
  • Nicolas Fischer (CESDIP)
  • Denis Fougère (CRIS, LIEPP / CEPR, Londres / IZA, Bonn )
  • Lara Gautier (École de santé publique de l’Université de Montréal /Centre de recherche en santé publique / Institut de recherche SHERPA)
  • Pauline Givord (INSEE)
  • Charlotte Halpern (CEE, LIEPP)
  • Quan Nha Hong (École de réadaptation de l’University of Montreal / Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire en réadaptation du Montréal métropolitain (CRIR) / Institut universitaire sur la réadaptation en déficience physique de Montréal (IURDPM) )
  • Nicolas Jacquemet (Université Paris 1 / PSE)
  • Sarah Louart (CLERSE)
  • Ana Manzano (University of Leeds)
  • Valérie Pattyn (University of Leiden)
  • Clément Pin (INSEI /GRHAPES /LIEPP / EMA)
  • Pierre Pluye (University McGill / École des sciences de l’information)
  • Estelle Raimondo (Groupe indépendant d’évaluation de la Banque mondiale)
  • Thomas Rapp (LIRAES, Chaire AgingUp! / LIEPP )
  • Anne Revillard (CRIS/LIEPP)
  • Valéry Ridde (CEPED/IRD)
  • Émilie Robert (École de santé publique de l’University of Montreal)
  • Lou Safra (CEVIPOF, LIEPP / Institut d’Études Cognitives)