The starting point in designing any public intervention is to identify a problem to be addressed. As there will always be a multitude of needs, the decision on which they should be tackled is a result of a deliberative political decision. It is part of this process to also define the direction of the desired change and sometimes the desired outcome. Through evaluation, public institutions take a critical look at whether their activities are fit for purpose and efficiently deliver the desired changes to their targeted groups of stakeholders. The evaluations make sure that any policy decision is performed in a systemic way. Evaluations are, therefore, an essential part of the decision making process. In this regard, under the umbrella of monitoring and evaluation services, the EU Advisory team provides ongoing monitoring, interim and final evaluations, fitness checks of EU legislation, programmes and policies to several public institutions.
Some examples of the EU Advisory team’s monitoring & evaluation projects are the following:
European Commission (DG DIGIT) – Monitoring & Evaluation of the ISA Programme aimed to set up a monitoring system to track the status and progress of 46 projects financed through the ISA programme (performance management).
European Commission (DG MOVE) – ICT assessment of EUCARIS/CBE application in the context of the evaluation of the CBE Directive assessed the efficiency and effectiveness of the EUCARIS/CBE application for the exchange of specific Vehicle Registration Data between EU MSs and cross-border enforcement of sanctions for road traffic related offences. The final report has not been published yet. For information purposes, please consult the presentation of the preliminary findings to the stakeholder meeting held in Brussels on 5 October 2015.
European Commission (DG HOME) – ICT assessment of Schengen Information System (SIS) II examined the existing central SIS II infrastructure and in particular the interactions with the national system; and measured the possible technical and financial impacts of architectural choices made for the central system on national systems.
European Commission (DG DIGIT) – ISA action 4.2.3: NIFO – National Interoperability Framework Observatory analysed, assessed and provided input to administrative capacity building policy and modernisation of Public Administrations in the Member States. One of the tasks within this activity is an update of eGovernment Factsheets published on Joinup.
European Commission (DG DIGIT) – Evaluation of the ISA programme assessed the performance of the ISA programme against different evaluation criteria (relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, utility, sustainability, coherence and coordination) and the programme objectives, at several points in time (interim and final evaluation).