• Executive Summary
  • Contents
  • Introduction
  • 1 Rationale, scope and questions of this study
  • 1.1 Rationale and aims of the study
  • 1.2 Scope of the study
  • 1.3 Questions to be resolved
  • 2 Methodology
  • 2.1 Overview
  • 2.2 The unit of analysis (the ABB Activity) and the choice for cases
  • 3 Results
  • 3.1 Survey
  • 3.1.1 Implementation of the questionnaire and response
  • 3.1.2 Analysis of statistical results
  • 3.1.3 Other types of uses, not pre-identified by the questionnaire
  • 3.1.4 Specific analysis of “free text” comments
  • 3.2 Evaluation use as indicated in the Council, Parliament and Commission legislative proposals
  • 3.3 Results from interviews
  • 3.4 Overall case study results
  • 4 Analysis
  • 4.1 The users and the uses of the Commission’s evaluations
  • 4.2 Contribution of evaluation to given objectives
  • 4.2.1 Providing input for setting political priorities and choosing between different policy options
  • 4.2.2 Support to the design of interventions
  • 4.2.3 Support to the efficient allocation of resources
  • 4.2.4 Support to implementation of interventions
  • 4.2.5 Support of evaluation to increasing awareness and accountability on achievements
  • 4.2.6 Conclusion
  • 4.3 Factors that foster or discourage the use of evaluations at the level of individual evaluations
  • 4.3.1 Evaluation planning and timing; purpose of the evaluation
  • 4.3.2 Support of the senior management
  • 4.3.3 Quality of the evaluation
  • 4.3.4 Monitoring the follow-up of evaluation recommendations
  • 4.3.5 Involvement of potential users
  • 4.3.6 Human resources
  • 4.3.7 Dissemination of evaluation results
  • 4.3.8 Less important and “commonplace” factors
  • 4.3.9 Relevance of different factors in the different stages of the evaluation project
  • 4.4 Factors that foster or discourage the use of evaluations at the level of the organisation
  • 4.4.1 Planning / Timing
  • 4.4.2 Human and financial resources
  • 4.4.3 Relationship with stakeholders
  • 4.4.4 Evaluation Function<