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.




In all OECD countries, policies are increasingly being implemented with the intention of improving the environmental performance of agriculture. Agricultural policies themselves also have important environmental impacts. But to what extent are the agri-environmental policies being evaluated to determine whether they are achieving their objectives and doing so in efficient ways? The purpose of the Workshop on Evaluating Agri-environmental Policies was to review the efforts underway in OECD member governments to evaluate their agri-environmental policies – to both share experiences and to assist the OECD deepen its analysis. This publication closely follows the structure of the Workshop...


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