Evaluation is defined as 'a judgment of interventions according to their results, impacts and the needs they aim to satisfy'. In other words, evaluation is using common sense to form a fact-based judgment on the value of an action.
Evaluation is a way to verify if an EU initiative delivers the expected results and to offer evidence-based guidance on how to better fulfil objectives or redefine the objectives if needed.
The main strategic role of evaluation is to support policy development and the continuous improvement of decision-making on priorities and resource allocation.
The purpose of evaluation is to
- contribute to the design of future interventions, including input for setting political priorities
- guide prioritisation and aid efficient allocation of resources
- improve the quality of the intervention by assessing the effectiveness, efficiency, and impact of activities, as well as learning how to improve future performance
- report on the achievements of the intervention (accountability)