Most external evaluations are launched via open calls for tenders. Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion also has a framework contract for evaluation and impact-assessment activities. Final evaluation results are made public.
The Commission steers the evaluation process and provides methodological guidance to evaluators. General information and guidance about evaluation are available on the Evaluation website.
A significant amount of documentation is available concerning evaluation of EU structural funds, including the European Social Fund (ESF).
Evaluation reports have been issued on the following themes:
Evaluations and guidance documents can be found using the document database.