Policy typology and performance measurement: Results from the Program Assessment Rating Tool (PART)

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This article examines the relationship between policy typology and Program Assessment Rating Tool (PART) scores. Using the typology originally developed by Theodore Lowi, we analyze whether programs implementing certain types of policies systematically received lower PART scores and thus were at an inherent disadvantage in the PART assessment. When programs are categorized using the Lowi typology, our results indicate that programs that implemented redistributive policies had, on average, lower PART scores than programs that implemented constituent, distributive, or regulatory policies. As a result, our analysis reveals a potential weakness in the PART assessment process and suggests that future performance assessments may need to better recognize the evaluative challenges associated with measuring performance in redistributive programs.


PART; Performance measurement; Policy sciences; Policy sciences – Evaluation; Policy typology


Policy Design, Analysis, and Evaluation


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