MEANS Collection: Evaluation of socio-economic
This six-volume collection is intended to make available
to a wider audience the fruits of the work carried out under the MEANS programme
- an undertaking launched by the European Commission with the aim of improving
and promoting evaluation methods. These books are a response to the increasingly
pressing need for reliable reference sources to enable assessors to deal effectively
with the problems they encounter when working on public-sector schemes in general
and in particular measures under the Structural Funds.
In this sense, the
MEANS collection is an original methodological guide, providing solutions to technical
and organisational evaluation problems that are barely covered in the existing
The MEANS Collection is aimed not only at professional
evaluators (for whom it promises to be a valuable handbook), but also at non-specialists
and in particular supervisory authorities and members of structural programme
While each volume has been designed as a stand-alone
publication, they are complementary to one another and together cover all aspects
of evaluating socio-economic programmes.
1. Evaluation design
This volume enables readers to understand the implications
of evaluation and to gain an idea of what they can and cannot expect from an evaluation
at a given time and in a particular context. It covers all aspects of managing
an evaluation project successfully from start to finish: allocating evaluation
tasks, setting goals and a general methodological approach, laying down a timetable
and a budget, assessing the quality of the work performed and, finally, directing
how the results are used.
2. Selection and use of indicators for
monitoring and evaluation
This volume shows how indicators can be used
to support policy decisions, improve management practice and measure the overall
performance of the programmes. It contains a methodological framework and a practical
guide for the use of indicators in these different situations.
Principal evaluation techniques and tools
These tools are taken from the
various scientific disciplines drawn on by the evaluations: economics, sociology,
management, geography, etc. Each of the 23 tools is described in the form of a
fact sheet, featuring a general description, basic instructions on its application,
a list of its advantages and disadvantages as regards evaluating structural measures,
an example of how the tool is applied and a list of reference works.
Technical solutions for evaluation within partnership
Running a series
of trial evaluations under the MEANS programme enabled us to design and test out
innovative methods of evaluation, such as impact mapping, cross-impact matrixes,
score cards and multi-criteria analysis. This book describes in detail how to
apply such methods.
5. Transversal evaluation of impacts on the
environment, employment and other intervention priorities
Among the questions
addressed by this book are the impact of structural measures in terms of employment,
equality of opportunity between men and women and the competitiveness of SMEs.
The book equips the reader with the tools necessary for analysing effects such
as those not necessarily listed among the explicit objectives of the schemes evaluated.
6. Glossary of 300 concepts and technical terms
collection involved a meticulous process of standardising and defining the terminology
used. The glossary is a compilation of hundreds of such definitions, taken from
the index of terms at the back of each book, and grouped according to the same
The MEANS collection comes as a boxed set and is available
in English or French.
To order: The collection comes as a boxed set and can be ordered
in French or English from all sales
outlets of the Office for Official Publications of the European
Collection - Evaluation of socio-economic programmes
Price (not including
VAT and P&P) : EUR 120
1999 - 6 volumes - 14.8 x 21 cm
ISBN 92-828-6627-0 CX-10-99-000-FR-C
English ISBN 92-828-6626-2 CX-10-99-000-EN-C
GUIDE to evaluating socio-economic development
This Guide has been developed for the European Commission by experts in evaluation in order to promote and improve the practice of evaluation in the enlarged European Union. It is freely available on the Internet and feedback on its content is welcome