Implementing evaluation in the context of sustainable development (III). The integration of aspects of sustainable development at evaluations with sustainable development as part of a Tool Box.

Markus E. Langer, Aloisia Schön, Michaela Egger-Steiner, Irmgard Hubauer

Publication: Working/Discussion PaperWU Working Paper


In the context of sustainable development, evaluations have particularly high relevance as complex issues have to be dealt with generally over an extended period of time. Furthermore, there is a growing demand to evaluate against the concept of sustainable development. Especially evaluations with sustainable development are a rather new type of evaluation, as the source of its evaluation questions and the criteria applied are rooted in the concept of sustainable development. Sustainability of a specific project or process is often highly case specific as sustainable development is determined by many often unique issues. However, evaluations would be highly inefficient, if they would have to be newly designed in every case. Thus it is necessary to determine and utilize the major issues for evaluations with sustainable development. This paper is part of a series of three papers - which can be used independently - that present the major common issues for evaluations with sustainable development in a Tool Box. The results presented here are based on outcomes of a research project funded by the "Austrian Science Fund". This paper presents practical problems related to the issue of complexity in evaluations with sustainable development. Notwithstanding the multiple challenges, the strategic options available are presented in terms of strategies. Especially commissioning agents, but also other evaluation stakeholders will find an overview and an assessment of the strategies regarding resources required, state of practical experience as well as their compatibility with the concept of sustainable development. (author's abstract)
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationVienna
PublisherForschungsschwerpunkt Nachhaltigkeit und Umweltmanagement, WU Vienna University of Economics and Business
Publication statusPublished - 2003

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NameResearch Paper Series of the Research Focus Managing Sustainability

WU Working Paper Series

  • Research Paper Series of the Research Focus Managing Sustainability

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