In an increasingly open and complex world our fellow citizens expect from public policy to be more effective but also easier to understand and, to this end, they require our contribution. Accordingly, we have to take greater account of the complexity of public action, to shed light onto the role of its multiple stakeholders and fuel public debate. This is the challenge of evaluation.
Evaluation differs from our traditional duties such as compliance audit, performance measuring and providing of expertise so as to improve public management. It is not to be confused with performance audit. Evaluation extends and supplements performance audit by providing insight into complex public policies, by giving explanations on their success or failure, by identifying their objectives and by making their implementation understandable.
The working group met on 17 November in Paris, at Cour des comptes.
Please find a new draft of the methodological guide for comments.
The working group on program evaluation was created in 1992 at the 14th INTOSAI Congress in Washington. One of the themes of the Congress was “Program Evaluation: An Emerging Approach.” The debates were conducted on the basis of a general report presented by France and led to the establishment of this working group that kept working ever since.