Impact Assessment and Evaluation in the EU: The Pinnacle of Policy Writing

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A full-day course on policy evaluation and impact assessment in the EU – part of CEPOW’s Summer programme of executive education in Lisbon.

Registration fee: 500 €

Included: Lectures and workshops in policy evaluation in the EU; Certificate of completion; Food and drinks in the breaks

Instructor: Erik Akse (Director of Training at the Impact Assessment Institute)

Who should apply? Professionals in policy making, analysis or advocacy.

Date and location: July 17, 2019 in Lisbon, Portugal

Deadline to register: 8 July, 2019

Impact Assessments (IAs) and Evaluations are key policy documents in the EU. Important Commission proposals are always supported with an Impact Assessment. The REFIT Programme and the ‘Evaluation First Principle’ have turned evaluations into normal practice. But how does the Commission draft IAs and Evaluations? Why are they so important? What does a Commission official have to do? What quality standards apply? Who is involved in the work? How to draft contributions for these documents? And what are the best moments to do so? ‘The pinnacle of policy writing’ provides answers to these questions and more. You will see how the Commission develops Impact Assessments and Evaluations, which steps the documents runs through and what quality standards apply. The module will guide you through the work that is expected from Commission officials that draft Impact Assessments and Evaluations. It will provide the insights to structure your communication strategy so you can have an impact on them. You will also see how the work of the Commission enables you to prepare for the moment when the Parliament and the Council get officially involved as co-legislators. As a participant in this module, you can send your questions about Impact Assessments and Evaluation four weeks before the start of the summer school. They will be answered during the module.

Key outcomes

By the end of the course, participants:

  • Understand the role of Impact Assessment and Evaluation
  • Are familiar with the obligations that Commission officials have to comply with
  • Are more familiar with the Commission’s internal decision-making processes
  • Know the do’s and don’t’s when communicating and working with Impact Assessment and Evaluation
  • See how Impact Assessment and Evaluation affect the law-making process


Erik Akse is an expert in EU decision-making and policy development. Since 2002, he implements Better Regulation policies such as ex-ante Impact Assessment, ex-post Evaluation, Stakeholder Consultation, Administrative Burden Reduction, and Legislative Simplification. He worked, among others, at the Dutch administration, the European Commission and the Western Balkans. He is co-founder and non-executive Director of Training at the Impact Assessment Institute. He published several books and articles on EU decision-making, the EU policy cycle, and EU Impact Assessment.

How to register

Select Module B of Day 2 in our Summer programme registration form. Find out more about other CEPOW courses on offer in Lisbon this July here.

Start Date - End Date

Jul 17, 2019



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