The articles in this thematic segment are all in themselves “unusual” in relation to the usual business of the CJPE. Rather than reporting on empirical work or methodological innovations, this collection of articles considers ways in which evaluation practice could now be transformed to contribute to efforts that support “Business Unusual.” I am therefore delighted, and most grateful to the CJPE for having agreed to their publication.
More than ever before, the idea of returning to “business as usual” is being challenged. Over the last few years, we have witnessed unprecedented health and socio-economic impacts from climate change-induced catastrophes: extensive wildfires, floods, droughts, and disease transmission. There are new, emerging infectious diseases already present in certain regions of the world which have spread rapidly to a large proportion of the population. The various Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) epidemics of recent years are one such example.