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Governance by Evaluation for Sustainable Development

Institutional Capacities and Learning Edited by Michal Sedlacko, FH Campus Wien and André Martinuzzi, Director, Research Institute for Managing Sustainability, Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU Wien), Vienna, Austria
This path-breaking book provides balanced and comprehensive coverage of current research and practice on the role of evaluation in supporting governance for sustainable development and learning.
Extent: 328 pp
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Publication Date: 2012
ISBN: 978 1 84980 157 7
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  • Economics and Finance
  • Valuation
  • Environment
  • Environmental Governance and Regulation
  • Valuation
  • Politics and Public Policy
  • Public Policy
This path-breaking book provides 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 advance the agendas of sustainable development and good governance. Such studies open 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. It 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.
‘. . . the book is well edited and contains an instructive collection of cases on organizational learning. . . it is recommended reading for researchers interested in the sometimes arduous task of institutionalizing organizational learning.’
– Martin Petrick, Quarterly Journal of International Agriculture
Contributors: U. Bechtold, I. Čelebičić, S. Deprez, J. Franz, S. Grafakos, K. Hogl, K. Hollaender, R. Hummelbrunner, C. Kirkpatrick, I. Leal Riesco, A. Martinuzzi, J. Molander, S. Nicholson, M. Nilsson, R. Nordbeck, V. Oikonomou, A.J. Olearius, G. Özerol, S. Powell, M. Pregernig, M. Sedlacko, F. Stokman, E. Störmer, M. Strele, B. Truffer, H. Wilfing, D. Zevgolis
Contents:

Preface

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
Måns Nilsson

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
André Martinuzzi

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
Gül Özerol

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
Martin Strele

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 Čelebičić

12. Development of a Learning-oriented Monitoring System for Sustainable Agriculture Chain Development in Eastern Indonesia
Steff Deprez

13. Process Monitoring of Impacts and its Application in Structural Fund Programmes
Richard Hummelbrunner

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

Index