Evaluating Urban and Regional Plans
From Theory to Practice
Evaluating Urban and Regional Plans blends theory and practice to delineate the questions that planners need to ask as they shape the future of Canadian communities. Which practices have worked before and which haven’t? What went wrong, and what does that teach us? Too often, urban and regional planners simply don’t know whether or how well planning policies were carried out.
In this book, experienced practitioner and planning scholar Mark Seasons offers a wealth of pragmatic guidance on plan evaluation processes and methods. Evaluation focuses on assessing the results of the high-level comprehensive policy plans that guide land use and other aspects of community and regional development. Monitoring the outputs and outcomes generated by a plan – and gauging their impact – ensures that the planning function remains credible and relevant, and that resources are used effectively, efficiently, and equitably.
As both a primer on plan evaluation practice and an original contribution to theory, Evaluating Urban and Regional Plans is an invaluable resource not only for the Canadian planning community but for planners everywhere.
A much-needed text for university and college students in planning theory, policy, and evaluation, this book is also an essential resource for professional planners and planning scholars.
An outstanding book. Mark Seasons is clearly the leading scholar in the field.
There is no other text that presents plan evaluation in a better manner. It needs to be in the hands of students and practitioners.
Introduction: Tackling the Unknowns
1 Who Does What: The Canadian Planning Context
2 Laying the Cornerstone: Plan Evaluation History and Theory
3 The Toolbox: Indicator Frameworks and Models
4 Measure Twice, Cut Once: Monitoring and Evaluation in Practice
5 Ready, Set: Planning the Evaluation Process
6 Finding Answers: Research Approaches and Methods
7 Making It Work: Management of the Evaluation Process
8 A Pocket Guide for Best Practice
Glossary; Works Cited; Index
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