We look back together, look ahead and learn from policy

Evaluating means ‘appreciating’. That means – in our view – when evaluating, not only looking at whether policy or a project has been carried out properly. Above all, it also means getting a picture of the social effects of a policy or project. And, what can we jointly learn from this for the future?

Experienced evaluation office

Over the years, economic research and consultancy firm Decisio has gained extensive experience with various evaluations of policies, projects, programmes and subsidy schemes. The method of evaluating looking back and forward and what you can learn from this is an approach that we are good at and feel comfortable with. Always looking for the quantitative and qualitative facts and meaning of policy. With a feeling for interests and affinity with management and policy.

Evaluations in various policy areas

We carry out our evaluations in various policy areas of municipalities, provinces or ministries. The evaluations we carry out include regional economic policy, infrastructure and sustainable mobility, water safety and quality, agriculture, nature and the environment or specific sectors such as aviation. We have a great deal of the necessary knowledge and expertise in-house. Where necessary, we work closely with sector specialists or content experts.

Evaluate? How do you do it?

The way in which we carry out our evaluations is, of course, highly dependent on your question, the subject, scope and your steps after the evaluation has been completed by us. However, as a rule we do the following in an evaluation:

  • Policy reconstruction: tracing the ‘why’ of policy, project, programme or subsidy in order to gain insight into the intended effects and goals. Or, if that is no longer entirely clear, trying to estimate what was intended. In evaluations, the policy reconstruction results in, among other things, a handy framework of standards that serves as a basis for the continuation of the evaluation.
  • Research into instruments, activities and resources (including, for example, grants): this step in the evaluation provides insight into which instruments, activities and resources have been used to realise, for example, policy, project or programme. And, why was this chosen?
  • Research into the results of policy, project or programme: what did the effort subsequently yield? What results have been achieved?
  • Research into the effects of the implemented policy, project or programme: in addition to the results of policy, it is important to provide insight into the effects that the results have produced.
  • Assessment of the degree of effectiveness and efficiency: this concerns the question of how the effects relate to the intended effects and goals for which the policy, project or programme was created. The most important approach is the question of what we can learn from the evaluation for the near future, often expressed in concrete recommendations.
  • Social Cost Benefit Analysis
  • Market research
  • Economic Impact Assessment

Relevant projects

Evaluation: pilot Rembrandt- en Thorbeckeplein

Interim policy evaluation of current water safety programs: “Space for the River”, “Meuse Work” and “High Water Protection Program 2”

Analysis of visitors during Giro Gelderland 2016