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2019 spring report – reporting item No. 07 "Success of major grant programmes of more than €6 billion annually still not adequately documented"

Apr 02, 2020

Still the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy does not adequately assess the results achieved by grant programmes within its remit. For this reason, the Ministry is not in a position to make a reliable statement on whether programmes should better continue, be modified or discontinued.

Government departments have the task to conduct programme results evaluations to assess whether grant programmes are efficient and effective. In order to assess whether the desired level of programme success has been achieved, there is a need to define measurable targets and indicators. If such data is lacking, this may impede or prevent the conduct of retrospective programme evaluations. More than five years ago, the Ministry promised parliament to ensure effective programme results evaluations in the future. When we revisited the matter, we found that most of the Ministry’s grant programmes were lacking defined and measurable targets, indicators, actual and targeted values. We also found other shortcomings such as the following: A unit put into place also for the purpose of enhancing programme results evaluations had little impact only because it had a different understanding of its role. A specific information technology procedure implemented was of little use since the data recorded were either incomplete or flawed. The Ministry should be in a position to submit reliable information on programme success to parliament.

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