Evaluation involves a judgement of interventions according to their results, impacts and needs they aim to satisfy. It is a systematic tool which provides a rigorous evidence base to inform decision-making and contributing to making Commission activities more effective, coherent, useful, relevant and efficient. Evaluation also enhances transparency, learning and accountability. To achieve this, the Commission’s evaluation standards aim to ensure relevant and timely evaluations of high quality and that evaluation results are communicated to decision-makers and other relevant stakeholders in a clear and transparent manner to facilitate the use of evaluation results in line with the Better Regulation agenda.
DG Environment aims to ensure that evaluation is an integral part of the policy cycle, with evaluation results feeding into policy development. As an independent assessment of relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, coherence and EU added value of policy development and policy implementation, evaluation is an important part of the policy cycle under the Better Regulation umbrella.
The Directorate A, Unit A2 Finance & Economic Analysis ensures careful co-ordination of evaluation activities within DG Environment and participates actively in the Commission’s Evaluation Network. The Unit also offers guidance to others in the DG on how to maximise the use of evaluation results to improve policy making and implementation.
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