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

Selected Research

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    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.

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    Future scenarios of the Credit Information Market

    Researchers identified four plausible scenarios of how the credit information market might develop in five to ten years’ time, as well as five key drivers of change.

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    Evaluating language skills outcomes in Group Triple P

    Triple P, the Positive Parenting Program, offers individual and group interventions in early years settings. Nursery staff and parents perceived a reduction in problem behaviours and a modest improvement in children’s language ability because of parent participation.

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    Evaluating the Children and Young People's Mental Health Trailblazer programme

    An early evaluation of the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Trailblazer programme examines the development, implementation and early progress of the 25 mental health support teams created as the first step of the programme.

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    Insights into the health and wellbeing of Canadian workers

    RAND Europe researchers analysed data from 70 Canadian organisations and 7,251 employees that participated in Wellness Report surveys on employee lifestyle, mental health and other areas of concern. The reports assess the associated impact these areas have on health and productivity.

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    Developing future scenarios for the sustainable use of pesticides

    To help the EU formulate an appropriate policy trajectory to accomplish its ambitious pesticide reduction targets, researchers are conducting a foresight study for the sustainable use of pesticides in relation to promoting sustainable food systems and protecting health and the environment.

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    How AI can support the European Border and Coast Guard

    Three baseline gaps should be addressed to maximise the opportunities provided by artificial intelligence in European border security: knowledge gaps between stakeholder groups; organisational, structural, cultural and expertise gaps; and broader gaps in the evidence base.

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    Evaluating individual placement and support (IPS) and the IPS Grow initiative

    IPS Grow aims to speed the implementation of high-quality individual placement and support for people with serious mental illness to find employment. A programme evaluation found that the support provided by IPS Grow Regional Leads and networking available through Communities of Practice were particularly helpful.