Evaluation is defined as "a judgment of interventions according to their results, impacts and the needs they aim to satisfy". In other words, evaluation is using common sense to form a factually based judgment on the value of an action.
Evaluation is a way to verify if public action delivers the expected results and to offer guidance -based on evidence- on how to better fulfill objectives or redefine the objectives if needed.
The main strategic role of evaluation is to support policy development and the continuous improvement of the decision-making on priorities and resource allocation.
The purpose of evaluation is:
- to contribute to the design of future interventions, including providing input for setting political priorities;
- to guide prioritization and assist in an efficient allocation of resources;
- to improve the quality of the intervention by assessing the effectiveness, efficiency and impact of activities, and learning from this how future performance can be improved;
- to report on the achievements of the intervention (accountability).
More information on DG Enterprise and Industry's completed and planned evaluations.