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Evaluation and Impact Assessment

CSIL assists public administrations in identifying and understanding the effects of policy, programmes and investment projects with the aim of optimising public spending and increasing accountability and transparency.
CSIL's main clients in the evaluation field are, among others, the European Commission (DG Regional Policy, DG Enterprise, DG Research, DG Consumer and Health, DG Economic and Financial Affairs, DG Education and Culture, DG Enlargement, DG Eurostat), the European Parliament, the European Investment Bank and other International Organisations (e.g. the World Bank, the OECD and the African Development Bank).

CSIL experts have been in charge of several important evaluation studies covering a wide time horizon (both ex ante and ex post) and dealing with different issues related to regional development, SMEs competitiveness, innovation policies and infrastructures.Throughout the years, CSIL experts have been familiarising themselves with the different aspects of economic, social and territorial cohesion and have been involved in different studies aimed at exploring the impacts of Cohesion Policy and Structural Funds interventions on these dimensions.

CSIL experts combine professionals' advanced technical background with in-depth knowledge and experience of different evaluation methodologies. They have been involved on behalf of the Commission in developing methods and tools for ex-ante evaluation and ex-post evaluation, including cost-benefit analysis methods and forecasting methods. CSIL experts have experience in conducting stakeholders consultations, also by means of large-scale multilingual surveys. They also have in-depth experience in planning, programming and monitoring, economic, social and environmental impact assessments and performance measurement.

The approach to evaluation is based on sound analysis and addressed to advising policy makers. It is characterised by the synergic use of quantitative (cost-benefit analysis, cost effectiveness analysis, econometric models, on-line survey, etc.) and qualitative methodology (case studies, focus group, interview, benchmarking, etc) and is implemented through a participatory approach.

The professional goal of CSIL experts is not restricted to the mere description of policies, programmes and projects since they aim at explaining the reasons behind their success or their failure. CSIL evaluation are always action-oriented and provide practical recommendations for the future.