Policy evaluation is a critical element of good governance, as it promotes public
accountability and contributes to citizens’ trust in government. Evaluation helps
ensure that decisions are rooted in trustworthy evidence and deliver desired outcomes.
Drawing on the first significant cross-country survey of policy evaluation practices
covering 42 countries, this report offers a systemic analysis of the institutionalisation,
quality and use of evaluation across countries and looks at how these three dimensions
interrelate. The report also covers cross-cutting aspects related to regulatory assessment
and performance budgeting. The analysis illustrates the role and functions of key
institutions within the executive, such as centres of government and ministries of
finance. It also underlines the role of supreme audit institutions.