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Evaluation & impact assessment

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EU action in the areas of employment, social affairs and inclusion build on broad European policy objectives (Europe 2020 strategy), supported by economic and social 'needs-oriented' policies. They also reflect the results (positive or negative) of previous programmes.

To collect this evidence and determine whether policy objectives have been met, the European Commission conducts both its own and outside evaluations to examine how the 'causality chain' can be demonstrated and assess the impact of the policy. Conclusions are used to fine-tune subsequent policies and actions.

Policy interventions are evaluated as part of a 'policy implementation life-cycle':

  • impact assessment or ex-ante evaluation before decision and implementation
  • interim and on-going evaluation during implementation
  • final or ex-post evaluation after completion of the intervention.

The Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion sets an evaluation calendar for assessing how its policy instruments (specific funding programmes, legislation, policy processes, etc.) contribute to the objectives set by the EU. All of its evaluation activities are scheduled in the (multi-annual) evaluation plan.

The Commission conducts comprehensive assessments of the potential impacts of all its policies and initiatives to ensure that all EU policies and activities take into account the requirements of high levels of:

  • employment,
  • adequate social protection;
  • education and training;
  • protection of human health

and contribute to

  • eliminate inequalities, fight discrimination and social exclusion,
  • promote gender equality

For more information about evaluation and impact assessment activities relating to employment, social affairs and inclusion, please use the online contact form.

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