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Practice Advice in Evaluation and Performance Measurement

Ensuring Links with Decision Making Processes (OECD)

Description: Evaluation information can be an important factor in policy formulation to improve the quality of policy intervention and in the budget process to support priorities and savings. Relevant evaluations address issues that are significant for political, budgetary, management and other strategic reasons.

Commentary: 

  • Objectives of evaluation determine location, methodology and use of evaluation. The proposed use of evaluation should be clearly defined. Evaluations should be tailored to the characteristics of a policy intervention and evaluation methods should match the objectives of the evaluation, taking constraints such as costs and time into account. Building requirements for evaluations into policies from the start, and defining their objectives clearly, will improve the usefulness of evaluation and facilitate planning.
  • Planning improves the management and quality of evaluation. The commissioner is responsible for planning evaluations, including defining objectives, criteria, data collection and methods. Timing is important, but the decision-making cycle is often unpredictable and decisions are often taken before evaluations have been finalised.

Source: OECD (1998). Best Practice Guidelines For Evaluation at http://www.oecd.org/governance/budgetingandpublicexpenditures/1902965.pdf (accessed 23 November, 2012).

Page Created By: Matthew Seddon on 23 November 2012. Updated by Ian Clark on 2 January 2013. The content presented on this page is drawn directly from the source(s) cited above, and consists of direct quotations or close paraphrases. This material does not necessarily reflect the official view of the publishing organization.

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