Evaluation for Better Performance

Evaluation allows decision makers and stakeholders to make better judgements, which often lead to improved performance and outcomes.

A funder may ask for an evaluation before, during, or after a programme's implementation. The evaluation may focus on process, impact, or both. And economics may or may not be part of the evaluation. By analysing where and how to focus efforts, we encourage public and private sector accountability.

Featured Research

  • Performance Audit Handbook Helps Users Build Toolkit for Evaluations

    The Performance Audit Handbook provides a first-stop shop for anyone interested in the theory and practice of delivering performance audits. It is intended for evaluators working to support accountability and learning in the public sector; those seeking to commission or use such services; and researchers interested in the unfolding practice of evaluating in the public interest.

Selected Research

  • Democracy & Rule of Law Programmes Offer Value for Money

    14 Jun 2017

    An analytical study of EU programmes to support democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms found that they had clear objectives and offered value for money that the European Commission invests.

  • Migration Programme for Ireland Had Positive Impacts

    31 May 2017

    An evaluation of The Atlantic Philanthropies' Migration Programme for Ireland found that the efforts funded by the programme's grants resulted in a more robust and professional network of organisations working more strategically and collaboratively to achieve a common goal of improving the lives of migrants in Ireland.

  • What Works in Tackling Violent Radicalisation and Extremism?

    25 May 2017

    Violent radicalisation and extremism are one of the most severe and immediate security threats facing European society today. IMPACT Europe aims to fill the gap in understanding of what works in tackling and preventing these phenomena.

  • Evaluation of the Southern Cluster Urgent and Emergency Care Vanguards

    19 Jan 2017

    UEC vanguards were established to improve the coordination of NHS emergency services, direct urgent cases to the most appropriate provider, and reduce pressure on accident & emergency departments. RAND Europe is evaluating the UEC vanguards' new care models to determine their impact and possible scalability.

  • Supporting the Evaluation of Age UK's Integrated Care Programme

    18 Jan 2017

    Age UK is defining the plans for future evaluations of its Integrated Care Programme, which brings together voluntary organisations and health and care services to provide personalised support for older people. Research by RAND Europe will help to inform those evaluation plans.

  • ImpactFinder Helps Universities Measure the Impact of their Research

    20 Nov 2016

    Since 2014, UK Higher Education Funding Councils have used the Research Excellence Framework to assess the quality and impact of a university's research before providing further funding. ImpactFinder helps universities manage their research funding submissions and identify and review impact case studies.

  • How Can Research Be Evaluated?

    14 Nov 2016

    Because of the growing demand for transparency and accountability in research evaluation, researchers developed a comprehensive list of evaluation tools and techniques and explained when each might be most useful and why. They then offered a list of 100 ideas for metrics that can be used to assess and communicate the value of biomedical research.

  • Assessing the Effectiveness of Conditional Cash Transfers as a Development Mechanism

    02 Nov 2016

    Conditional cash transfer programmes (CCTs) are seen as particularly effective in low- and middle-income countries, but relatively little is known about the interface between the supply of services and programme administration and specific human development outcomes. RAND Europe assessed the effectiveness of CCTs through a two-year grant from UK Economic Social Research Council and Department for International Development.