Evaluating the Effectiveness of Regional Policy

Polverari, Laura and Bachtler, John and Van Der Zwet, Arno (2018) Evaluating the Effectiveness of Regional Policy. [Report]

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    Abstract

    The past two decades have seen increasing attention being given to the evaluation of regional policy at both European and national levels.1 As a previous EoRPA noted, ‘evaluation is a well-established component of the policy process in a number of countries and continues to be used for regional policy management and accountability, feeding into adjustments of on-going interventions and informing future plans’. The growing importance accorded to evaluation has been driven by the need to justify public spending as well as an interest in understanding ‘what works’ in regional policy.