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Evaluation Review

Evaluation Review

A Journal of Applied Social Research

eISSN: 15523926 | ISSN: 0193841X | Current volume: 45 | Current issue: 1-2 Frequency: Bi-monthly

Mission Statement

Continuing the mission set by its founders Richard Berk and Howard Freeman in 1977, Evaluation Review aims to advance the practice of evaluation and to publish the results of high quality evaluations. The Review focuses on rigorous evaluation of public programs and policies across a range of types of evaluation (process, implementation, impact), policy areas, and academic disciplines, all to foster evidence based policy. Impact evaluation—in particular, but not exclusively, random assignment—is an area of focus. Papers of interest include: (i) methodological discussions of the design and analysis of evaluations, including surveys of current practice and emerging issues; (ii) results of evaluations, especially when the evaluation develops new methods or applies emerging methods; and (iii) broader perspectives on evaluation such as the role of rigorous impact evaluation in the broader evaluation context, contracting for and disseminating results of evaluations, and the inter-relation of evaluation and policy.


Evaluation Review is the forum for researchers, planners, and policy makers engaged in the development, implementation, and utilization of studies aimed at the betterment of the human condition. The Editors invite submission of papers reporting the findings of evaluation studies in such fields as child development, health, education, income security, manpower, mental health, criminal justice, and the physical and social environments. In addition, Evaluation Review will contain articles on methodological developments, discussions of the state of the art, and commentaries on issues related to the application of research results.

Jacob Klerman Abt Associates Inc
Consulting Editors
Burt S. Barnow George Washington University, USA
Douglas J. Besharov University of Maryland-College Park, USA
Leonard Bickman Vanderbilt University, USA and Florida International University, USA
Valerie J. Caracelli U.S. Government Accountability Office, USA
Charles Michalopoulos MDRC, USA
Peter Schochet Mathematica Policy Research, USA
Jessaca Spybrook Western Michigan University, USA
David L. Weisburd Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel and George Mason University, USA
Howard White Campbell Collaboration, Norway
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  • For publication consideration in Evaluation Review, please submit manuscripts to the editor electronically online at Articles accepted, published, or submitted for publication elsewhere cannot be submitted to Evaluation Review for publication consideration. If you have questions about manuscript submissions, please send them to

    Components of Manuscript

    All manuscripts have the following components:

    • cover letter
    • title page
    • structured abstract
    • key words
    • main document (includes references)

    Manuscripts may have the following components:

    · figures

    · tables

    · supplementary file (only used if no other file category fits)


    Cover Letter

    The cover letter should simply address the editor noting the title and authors and indicating that the submission is an original manuscript that has not been published or submitted for publication in whole or part to any other publishing source. Also, if any information is suppressed from the manuscript to assure blind review, please include complete details in the cover letter.

    If data is used, authors should indicate that the work complied with relevant ethical standards for human subjects protections. Specifically, in your cover letter, please include and modify appropriately the following phrase, where applicable: “I certify that the underlying analysis is in compliance with the governing IRB standards at the [author(s) institution(s)].” Authors of accepted manuscripts will be asked to sign an Exclusive License to Publish which includes a statement that any studies on which the article is directly based were satisfactorily conducted in compliance with governing IRB standards at the authors’ institution(s) or were exempt from IRB requirements.


    Title Page

    The title page should include:

    · title

    · running header

    · author information

    · acknowledgements


    Title. The title should be succinct and clear and accurately reflect the topic of the manuscript.

    Running header. This is an abbreviated wording of the title and should be no longer than four or five words.

    Author information. For each author include the following: (a) name; (b) degrees and certifications; (c) title or position, institution, and location; and (d) e-mail address. Indicate to whom correspondence should be sent with full address, phone and fax numbers of that individual. If the corresponding author is unavailable for periods of time in usual work location, please note periods of absence and alternative contact information.

    Acknowledgements. If desired, provide a very brief statement of acknowledgement such as funding source and grant number.


    Structured abstract

    The abstract should be structured and limited to 250 words. Do not cite references in the abstract. Limit the use of abbreviations and acronyms. Use subheads such as Background, Objectives, Research Design, Subjects, Measures, Results, and Conclusions.

    Main document

    The main document should include: (a) title; (b) text of the manuscript; and (c) references. Manuscripts are more likely to be accepted for publication if they are written in clear, concise, and logical organization and flow of content.

    Manuscripts must be formatted in double spaced, 12-point font and should usually not exceed 8,000 words.Manuscripts of more than 8,000 words (not including appendices to be published on-line only) should include a strong justification for the extra length in the cover letter.The manuscript must be arranged in the following order: title page, complete author information page, blinded title page, abstract, introduction, methods, results, conclusions, references, figure legends, and tables. Pages should be numbered consecutively, beginning with the title page.

    The author is responsible for compliance with the most recent published APA format (7th ed.) and for the accuracy of all information, including citations and verification all references with citations in the text. Spelling must be in American or British English.

    ER requests that authors use gender-neutral text unless directly quoting another author who does not use gender-neutral language or unless the context of the manuscript appropriately calls for a specific gender.

    References. The authors are responsible for the accuracy of references. The list of references should include only those that are important to the text and should not be long lists that consume space unnecessarily. References should be the most current available on the topic. It is the responsibility of the author to ensure the accuracy of all components of a reference (name(s) of author(s); date of publication; title of work; title of journal, book, or other source; location of publisher; publisher; and relevant pages). All citations in the text must be listed in the references, and all references should be cited in the text. Reference citations in the text and the references list should be prepared consistent with the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.).

    To maintain author anonymity, do not include any identifying information in the manuscript text. If you cite your works, list them as "citation deleted for blind review" in the text and omit them from the reference list.

    Figures. Figures are diagrams, graphs, charts, or any form of line art, as well as photography or other grayscale images. Figures are acceptable in TIFF, EPS, JPEG, PDF, or AI file formats. Initial submitted figures should be of high enough quality to be read on-screen or in printouts by reviewers. Figures should be numbered and their placement should be listed within the text. Final figures for accepted manuscripts should be sent in camera-ready form. Electronic line-art-type figures should be of at least 1200 dpi resolution, and electronic photo or grayscale figures should be of at least 300 dpi resolution; all figures should be at least 3.3 inches wide (for one-column width) or 6.8 inches wide (for two-column width) when printed. Preparation of all figures should be consistent with Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.).

    Color figures accepted for publication and to be printed in hardcopy require an expense by the author. There is no cost for black-and-white figures in hardcopy, or color figures printed online.

    Tables. Tables should be typed, one to a page, and numbered. Their placement should be listed within the text. Tables must be uploaded in either Microsoft Word or Excel. Preparation of tables should be consistent with Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.). Tables with any form of color accepted for publication require an expense by the author. There is no cost for black-and-white text tables.

    As part of the submission process you will be asked to provide the names of peers who could be called upon to review your manuscript. Recommended reviewers should be experts in their fields and should be able to provide an objective assessment of the manuscript. Please be aware of any conflicts of interest when recommending reviewers. Examples of conflicts of interest include (but are not limited to) the below:

    · The reviewer should have no prior knowledge of your submission

    · The reviewer should not have recently collaborated with any of the authors

    · Reviewer nominees from the same institution as any of the authors are not permitted

    Please note that the Editors are not obliged to invite any recommended/opposed reviewers to assess your manuscript.

    If you or your funder wish your article to be freely available online to nonsubscribers immediately upon publication (gold open access), you can opt for it to be included in SAGE Choice, subject to the payment of a publication fee. The manuscript submission and peer review procedure is unchanged. On acceptance of your article, you will be asked to let SAGE know directly if you are choosing SAGE Choice. To check journal eligibility and the publication fee, please visit SAGE Choice. For more information on open access options and compliance at SAGE, including self/author archiving deposits (green open access) visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

    At SAGE, we are committed to facilitating openness, transparency and reproducibility of research. Where relevant, The Journal encourages authors to share their research data in a suitable public repository subject to ethical considerations and where data is included, to add a data accessibility statement in their manuscript file. Authors should also follow data citation principles. For more information please visit the SAGE Author Gateway, which includes information about SAGE’s partnership with the data repository Figshare.

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