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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. The driving motivation for coordinating this collection has been prompted by my reflection on more than 30 years of experience in doing and commissioning evaluations in the public health sector. The power and dynamics of neoliberalist socio-political economics have been a major influence on what has been, and still is, evaluated, the motivation behind such evaluations, and their ultimate use. It will become obvious that, in developing this segment, I am far from being alone in recognizing that a fundamental change is needed, and urgently.

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