The European Commission carries out evaluations to obtain a reliable and objective assessment of the results and impacts of its interventions in the light of the needs they aim to satisfy.
The Commission evaluates its activities on a regular basis. The framework for this is based on the requirements laid down in Financial Regulation, and is further explained in the Commission's Communication on Evaluation.
This section contains these and other documents on the evaluation of EU activities.
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The Commission's Communication on Evaluation sets out the evaluation framework of the Commission and gives directions on the Commission's evaluation policy for the coming years. It also provides a set of Evaluation Standards. Moreover, the Communication provides information on how to implement the requirements on evaluation in the Financial Regulation and on the relationship to impact assessment and to better regulation.
Evaluation - The Financial Regulation and its Implementing Rules.
The Financial Regulation provides basic rules on evaluation in particular in its article 27 and these are further detailed in article 21 of the Implementing Rules.
The Annual Evaluation Review provides a comprehensive overview of the evaluation reports across the Commission services. It highlights key evaluation findings on the effectiveness, efficiency or relevance of EU activities, following the headings of the Financial Framework 2007-2013.
Forward Evaluation Programme.
This document aims to assist Services in their endeavour to establish the "next generation" of their multi-annual evaluation plans, and it helps identifying possible areas of inter-service co-operation on evaluations of joint interest. It lists all the evaluations planned by the Commissions services within a period of 5 years.
Guidance on Evaluation.
General guides have been elaborated in order to explain the scope of evaluation within the Commission and how to organise, plan and carry out evaluation activities at different stages of programmes, activities and policies. Advice is also given on how to disseminate and follow-up on the resulting findings.
Internal Evaluation Charters.
The Commission's Evaluation Standards require Directors Generals to "clearly define the tasks, responsibilities, organisation and procedures for all actors involved in planning, designing and conducting evaluations, and disseminating and using evaluation results", cf. Standard A3.
Examples of such descriptions, generally named "charters", are available at the evaluation websites of the different DGs.
Several external studies provide evidence on how the evaluation findings are utilised by different actors. The most significant use is reported to be at operational level within the Commission’s departments where the findings serve to adjust the implementation of on-going programmes or and the preparation of their follow up.