This path-breaking book provides a balanced and comprehensive coverage of current research and practice on the role of evaluation in supporting governance for sustainable development and learning. This accessible study draws lessons from how evaluation studies and evaluation systems forward the agendas of sustainable development and good governance, by opening up decision-making processes to stakeholders, supporting evidence-based, coherent and transparent decision making, integrating concerns of the three domains of sustainable development into decision making and supporting learning and capacity building.
Governance by Evaluation for Sustainable Development assesses how political-administrative realities affect the design and use of evaluation studies as well as the institutionalization of monitoring and evaluation systems. The contributors expertly review recent European experience with evaluation at the EU, national, regional and local levels which will appeal to researchers specializing in regional, political and sustainability sciences and practitioners in the area of policy/program evaluation and sustainable development.
1. Governance for Sustainable Development, Evaluation and Learning: An Introduction
Michal Sedlacko and André Martinuzzi
PART I: LEARNING THROUGH EVALUATION
2. The Politics of Sustainability Evaluation: Analysis of Three Austrian Strategies for Sustainable Development
Michael Pregernig, Karl Hogl and Ralf Nordbeck
3. Tools for Learning-oriented Environmental Appraisal
PART II: INSTITUTIONALISING SD CONCERNS IN EUROPEAN POLICY MAKING
4. Integrating Sustainable Development into Impact Assessment: How Effective is the European Commission?
Jennifer Franz and Colin Kirkpatrick
5. Monitoring the Expected Impacts of the 7th EU Framework Programme on Sustainable Development – a Case Study on Governance by Evaluation
6. From a European Court of Auditors’ Report to a Learning Process? The Challenge to Integrate the Environment into the European Community’s Development Assistance
Axel Johannes Olearius, Iola Leal Riesco and Sally Nicholson
PART III: DEALING WITH MULTI-STAKEHOLDER CONTEXTS
7. Evaluation of Public Participation Towards Sustainable Water Management: An Institutional Perspective
8. Dynamic Decision Analysis for Monitoring and Facilitating the Dutch Costa Due Stakeholder Dialogue on Sustainable Energy
Kirsten Hollaender and Frans Stokman
9. Participatory Livelihoods System Appraisal: A Learning-oriented Methodology for Impact Assessment
10. Towards a Process for Eliciting Criteria Weights and Enhancing Capacity of Stakeholders in Ex Ante Evaluation of Climate Policies
Stelios Grafakos, Dimitrios Zevgolis and Vlasis Oikonomou
PART IV: DEVELOPING LEARNING CAPACITY IN ORGANISATIONS
11. Assessment of Outcome Mapping as a Tool for Evaluating and Monitoring Support to Civil Society Organisations
Steve Powell, Joakim Molander and Ivona Celebicic
12. Development of a Learning-oriented Monitoring System for Sustainable Agriculture Chain Development in Eastern Indonesia
13. Process Monitoring of Impacts and its Application in Structural Fund Programmes
14. Participatory Ex Ante Evaluation of Long-term Infrastructure Plans as a Policy-learning Process
Eckhard Störmer and Bernhard Truffer
PART V: REFLECTING EVALUATION TOOLS: PERSPECTIVES AND PITFALLS
15. The Role of Visualisation Within Sustainability Evaluation Processes
Harald Wilfing and Ulrike Bechtold
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