Evaluation and impact assessment

Economisti Associati has been involved in evaluation work since the mid-1990s. Early assignments mainly focused on the evaluation of EU initiatives in Eastern Europe (e.g. evaluation of financing schemes in Poland), but overtime activities have spread to other themes and geographies. Overall, the company has been involved in over 40 evaluation and impact assessment assignments. Clients include international financial institutions (World Bank, International Finance Corporation, African Development Bank, etc.), the European Commission (DG SANTE, DG GROW, DG ECFIN, DG ELARG, etc.), the European Parliament, various European Agencies (European Training Foundation, European Food Safety Agency, etc.), and government agencies. Economisti Associati is currently responsible for the management of three framework contracts for evaluation and/or impact assessment services with European Institutions in the fields of research and innovation, public health, and development cooperation.

Economisti Associati's experience in evaluation work includes:

  • the evaluation of regional or country development strategies (e.g. evaluation of the African Development Bank's country programs in Tanzania and Ethiopia);
  • the evaluation of sector/thematic programs and policies (e.g. global evaluation of IFC's advisory activities in business taxation reform);
  • the evaluation of macro-economic support initiatives (e.g. evaluation of EU 'macro-financial assistance' linked to IMF/World Bank structural reform lending operations);
  • the evaluation of specific development projects or programs (e.g. evaluation of the US$ 262 million Moldova Compact financed by the Millennium Challenge Corporation);
  • the assessment of aid programming and implementation arrangements (e.g. assessment of strategic planning mechanisms for EU pre accession assistance);
  • the evaluation of operational tools and approaches (evaluation of communication activities for the introduction of the Euro in Slovenia);
  • cost effectiveness studies and organizational reviews (e.g. organizational evaluation of the European Food Safety Agency);
  • the design of monitoring and evaluation systems (e.g. identification of indicators to track the implementation of EU health policy); and
  • impact assessment studies (e.g. impact assessment of a World Bank-funded matching grant scheme supporting SME development in Moldova).