Evaluation aims at rendering accounts to the public on the results and impacts of activites financed by EC funds and drawing lessons on what has worked and what has not. The importance of evaluation has been underlined in several Communications by the Commission.
The Evaluation Unit is in charge of the evaluation of the European Union's cooperation and development programmes in third countries with the exception of enlargement candidate countries and humanitarian aid.
It covers all geographical regions and the corresponding EC external cooperation programmes : Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Countries (ACP), Mediterranean Region (MED), Asia (including Central Asia) and Latin America and Eastern Europe.
It manages geographical (country and region) and sectoral/thematic evaluations, such as health, education, transport, etc. It deals with evaluations of instruments e.g. sectorwide approach, budget support, or channels for delivery of aid e.g. development banks, UN Agencies, Non-State Actors, etc.
It ensures the development of the instruments allowing judgment of performances of the external policies.
To ensure the evaluation of the results of sectoral or thematic, regional or country policies, of programmes and of programming performance. The work programme is decided by the Commissioner responsible for External Relations and Neighbourhood Policy in agreement with the Commissioner responsible for Development and Humanitarian Aid.
To provide feed-back from the results of the evaluations carried out into the decision making process and to ensure that they are taken into account by services in charge of policy and of implementation of programming. Feed-back is also provided outside the Commission, to stakeholders and the public.
To develop further the necessary instruments and methodology that are required to obtain useful, timely and good quality evaluations.
The Evaluation Unit reports findings to External Relations Commissioners who take action on the conclusions and recommendations of the evaluations.
Evaluation consists in judging the results of public actions in order to check their conformity with set objectives.
Evaluation aims to improve management, in particular by taking into account the lessons of past public actions and to reinforce capacity to account for, and to ensure, better transparency.