Journal article

Measuring Policy Success: Evaluating Public Sector Reform in Bhutan

Lhawang Ugyel, Janine O'Flynn

International Journal of Public Administration | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2017


There has been resurgence in evaluation of policy, reflected mostly by an increase in ex ante studies. Although there is a shift towards ex post evaluation, this has been gradual, resulting in a paucity of ex post evaluation literature. To address this gap, we apply a revisionist approach to evaluate a major public sector reform in the Bhutanese civil service. We conclude that it provides a more holistic approach for ex post evaluation policy, and also a more nuanced evaluation which moves us beyond the narrow binary view of success or failure in reform.