Evaluation

Eunomia’s experts are able to apply a range of evaluation techniques to assess the outcomes and impacts of policies, programmes and projects. We have carried out ex ante and ex post evaluations of policies for clients including the European Commission’s DG Environment, DECC, Defra and WRAP.

We have significant experience in conducting both process (how was the measure delivered?) and impact evaluations (what difference did the measure make?). Central to designing our evaluations we seek to identify the underlying logic of the intervention. Many of our evaluations relate to understanding and measuring increasingly complex policies on complex systems. We seek to adopt a variety of evaluation techniques including theory of change, realist and economic evaluation.

We have designed experimental, quasi-experimental and non-experimental evaluations and place particular importance on establishing the baseline or counterfactual position, so as to be able to identify the impact that may be attributed to the intervention being considered.

In conducting evaluations we make use of both qualitative and quantitative social research techniques, including interviews, survey, focus group, and workshop. We are also adept at creating bespoke models and tools to extract the maximum information from secondary data sources.

Our experience includes the economic evaluation of taxes and charges on landfill, incineration, pesticides, fertilisers, discharge to inland waters, packaging, energy, fuel, vehicles and emissions such as NOx and SOx, as well as tradable allowance / credit systems for landfill, packaging recovery, and carbon.

One of our most prominent recent pieces of policy evaluation was an impact assessment of options for revised targets for several waste-related EC Directives, which led to proposals for a 70% recycling target across Europe for 2030.