Planning evaluation is required to establish the success of planning interventions – both of physical developments and new approaches. Yet this should not be a task undertaken purely by professionals without participation by those affected by the process and outcomes of the projects. This book provides case studies and advice on how to balance conservation with economic growth, the cost effectiveness of plans alongside the effects upon the community and the importance of engaging with all stakeholders involved in a project.

Practical aspects of the evaluation process covered include:

  • how evaluation is used in planning
  • introducing new kinds of information or criteria
  • alternative ways of collecting/presenting information
  • how strategic planning objectives are implemented in local practice.

International contributors provide empirical studies and cases of application which are of practical value to those involved in the evaluation of planning. The book concludes by offering a new paradigm – a locally oriented, context-specific, participatory and multi-disciplinary approach to planning evaluation.

chapter |5 pages

Introduction: new challenges in planning evaluation

ByAngela Hull

part |1 pages

PART 1 From appraisal to reflection: advances to existing methods

chapter |5 pages


ByAbdul Khakee

chapter 4|20 pages

The quadralogue concept for strategic project assessment

ByDavid C. Prosperi, Julia M. Lourenco

part |1 pages

PART 2 Evaluating the impacts of policy-programme-project alternatives

part |1 pages

PART 3 Integration of ecological aspects into planning evaluation

chapter |4 pages


ByJohan Woltjer

chapter 9|22 pages

Biodiversity and decision-support: integrating CBA and MCA: Frans J. Sijtsma, Martijn van der Heide and Arjen van Hinsberg

ByMCA Frans J. Sijtsma, Martijn van der Heide and Arjen van Hinsberg

chapter 12|20 pages

Evaluation of local sustainable development – approaches and use

ByAnders Hanberger

part |1 pages

PART 4 Evaluation methods for structuring participatory knowledge

chapter |6 pages


ByAngela Hull

chapter 13|21 pages

More of the same or just right and robust? Evaluating participatory planning

ByValeria Monno, Abdul Khakee

chapter 14|16 pages

A capability approach in planning evaluation and regional development

ByRetno Widodo D. Pramono and Johan Woltjer

chapter 15|21 pages

SoftGIS methods in planning evaluation

ByMarketta Kyttä

chapter 16|20 pages

Structuring and evaluating the garbage can model of policy transfer

ByMartin de Jong and Dilek Unalan