Evaluation of Political Interventions: Reforms, Measures and Instruments

The analysis and evaluation of the effectiveness of economic programs and instruments is important for making decisions in a credible, well-informed and efficient manner. The NIW is equipped with the necessary independence as well as with the methodological and empirical know-how for the analysis of political interventions and programs with respect to their achievement of objectives and their effectiveness. The focus of the measurement of the effectiveness is on the identification of causal effects, i.e. the identification of changes in the analyzed outcome, which can be referred solely to the intervention. Based on this, cost-benefit analyses can be carried out.

Several studies on the evaluation of federal and state programs document the activities in this research field up to now, for example the evaluation of programmes on innovation and technology funding as well as the current evaluation of the EU structural policy in Lower Saxony.