Impact evaluation centre
For detailed technical explanations, see the relevant section in Evalsed. The current page is only intended to give quick answers to a few key policy questions.
Theory-based impact evaluation FAQs
Why do we need theory-based impact evaluations?
What is a theory-based impact evaluation?
What exactly is a theory of change?
Does not just observing that results happened justify the policy? Why should we bother with an explanation of mechanisms leading to these results?
Can the approach be applied across Cohesion Policy?
Are theory-based evaluations more costly than other approaches?
Are theory-based approaches less useful than counterfactual methods to estimate an impact?
Does this approach mean that other tools are not useful?
Are macro-economic models theory-based tools?
Do theory-based evaluations only use qualitative methods?
More on the theory-based impact evaluation section of Evalsed.