Evaluating Agri-environmental Policies

Design, Practice and Results

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These conference proceedings present a series of evaluations of agri-environmental policies in OECD countries.  They examine how effective the policies have been in achieving objectives and what policy makers have learned about the design and implementation of their policies. 

These proceedings show that different methods of policy evaluation are complementary. Most countries focus on evaluating the environmental effectiveness rather than the economic efficiency of policies, using physical indicators rather than monetary values. Many policies are achieving their environmental objectives, but are taking longer than originally anticipated. The initiative being taken in many countries to incorporate monitoring and data collection into programme design and implementation is a positive development.  But a number of steps need to be taken to improve the quality of evaluations, including the better articulation of policy goals and objectives, improving data quality and establishing baselines for comparison.



Evaluation of the New Zealand Sustainable Farming Fund

A Work in Progress

This paper describes two evaluations that have been completed on the Sustainable Farming Fund (SFF).2 The particular shape of the SFF requires an evaluation methodology that takes into account the complex nature of the supported projects. An adaptation of the Bennett’s Hierarchy was used. Experience with these two evaluations shows that to be effective, the methodology will need to continue to adapt as the SFF proceeds through time – the methodology used in the early-stage evaluation was further adapted in Evaluation 2004. Evaluation is then a work in progress...


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