Impact Assessment and Sustainable Development: European by Clive George, Colin Kirkpatrick

By Clive George, Colin Kirkpatrick

Translation of the primary of sustainable improvement into coverage and perform, and the assessment of the results of those strategic interventions, are probably the most urgent demanding situations dealing with policymakers in Europe and past. The chapters during this publication give a contribution to the controversy surrounding those demanding situations. by way of exploring the conceptual and methodological concerns on the subject of the review of sustainable improvement and analysing eu perform and event, this paintings presents a coherent and built-in contribution to our knowing of those concerns. With contributions from a uncommon overseas team of authors, this e-book might be of curiosity to researchers, coverage analysts and practitioners within the zone of impression review and sustainable improvement.

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24 Concepts and methods According to most practitioners, evaluation will provide clear answers to questions about change and sustainability, change in the environment, economy, society, etc. This is an optimistic assumption because they assume that evaluation will help explain how decisions and decision outcomes are linked. The corollary is that the right evaluation system will result in better decisions. This, however, is rarely the case. In reality, evaluation does not readily and automatically lead to changes in policy-making.

E. on instruments, projects and best practice. The most urgent environmental problems, which should be at the core of such strategies, are often forgotten or substituted by ‘visions’ of all kinds. The initial step, therefore, should be a diagnosis of the most important unsolved The Rio model of governance 39 problems. For example, if higher energy taxes or other additional costs are proposed, the underlying problems should be communicated to and accepted by those who are due to pay. In terms of the ‘multiple-stream’ theory (Zahariadis 1999), the policy stream of NSDS proposals should converge not only with the political stream (of political opportunities) but also with the problem stream, which has its own expertise and actor constellation.

Are subject to quantitative measures as well as outcome and impact evaluation. Such a task is not much different from the ones that development programmes create for evaluation. What do we evaluate in the case of economic interpretation? The economic interpretation tries to make the valuation of the subject matter of SD more specific. It also starts from the concept of social welfare (in an intertemporal sense) by measuring a society’s total asset base, but steps beyond the general statement the Brundtland definition implies, namely that social welfare should not decline over time.

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