In times of financial crises and pressure to justify public spending, evaluation of projects, programs and policies increases. Sustainability, which has become a socially and politically widely accepted concept throughout Europe, therefore ought to be included to a greater extent within evaluation practices to assess social and ecological impacts. The authors of this book analyze in 15 chapters, amongst other things, the perception of sustainability-problems and the role of evaluation in the formulation, implementation and reformulation political measures. The book is a joint work of the IÖW and the Ecologic Institute, based on the project EPOS – Evaluating Policies for Sustainable Development. The project was sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research in its program Social-ecologic Research.
Policy evaluation and sustainable Development
This accessible book is structured according to the policy-cycle. It links the two issues of policy evaluation and sustainable development to this policy-cycle, highlighting different functions that evaluation can play in its phases. Analyzing the relationships between sustainability and evaluation, the perception of sustainability problems are presented as well as exploring the role of evaluation and assessment studies during policy formulation and policy implementation. Policy reformulation is also explored including monitoring and quality improvement schemes. The volume concludes by addressing the quality of sustainability evaluations, and the impact this has.