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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.

 Communication to the Commission from Mrs. Grybauskaitė - (February 2007).
  • "Responding to Strategic Needs: Reinforcing the use of evaluation" - SEC(2007)213

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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 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.
  • Basic rules on evaluation (from Financial Regulation and Implementing Rules)

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Evaluation standards

 From Communication to the Commission from Mrs. Grybauskaitė: "Responding to Strategic Needs: Reinforcing the use of evaluation" - (February 2007).
  • Annex II - SEC(2007) 213

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Evaluation results.

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.

 Provides summary information about the evaluations that have been finalised each year and about the evaluation activities of the individual services. It also includes an overview chapter comparing the evaluation activities from year to year and across different sectors of the Commission’s policy areas.
  • Annual Evaluation Review 2008

  • Annual Evaluation Reviews (2000-2007).

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The Multiannual Overview of Evaluations presents an overview of all completed evaluations per ABB activity for several years.

 This document presents an overview of all completed evaluations per ABB activity for the years 2002-2007.
  • 2002-2007


 Statistics on evaluation in the European Commission 2000-2007.
  • 2000-2007




 Meta-study on lessons from existing evaluations as an input to the review of EU spending
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 2008 Meta-study on decentralised agencies: cross-cutting analysis of evaluation findings
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 2003 Meta-Evaluation on the Community Agency System
  • Final Report (15/09/2003).



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.

 This document lists the evaluations planned for the period 2008 onwards by the Commissions services at this stage. They are grouped according to the Headings of the Financial Framework for 2007-2013.
  • Commission Forward Evaluation Programme - May/2008.

    Seulement disponible en version en langue anglaise


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.

 A practical guide for the Commission services.
  • Evaluating EU activities - (2004).

 Ex Ante Evaluation: This guide explains how the requirements on ex ante evaluation of programmes and activities entailing expenditure as set out in article 21 of Implementing Rules to the Financial Regulation should be applied.
  • Ex Ante Evaluation: A Practical Guide for Preparing Proposals for Expenditure Programmes (2001).

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 Evaluation quality assessment framework.
  • How to apply the evaluation quality assessment framework.


  • Quality assessment form and Guide on scoring the criteria.

    en Microsoft Word Ddocument - en Acrobat - pdf Document

  • Guide for organising the quality assessment.

 Impact Assessment Guidelines.
  • SEC(2005) 791 (15/06/2005 with 03/2006 update on Procedural rules).

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  • Annexes


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.

 Internal Evaluation Charter of DG Communication.
  • Internal Evaluation Charter of DG Communication - (06/10/2006).

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External Studies.

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.

 Use of Evaluation Results in the Commission (May/2005).
  • Synthesis report and Annexes.


  • Case study reports.


  • Quality assessment of the study.


 Use of Cost-effectiveness Analysis in EC’s Evaluations.
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