The purpose of this framework contract is to provide timely and evidence based Impact Assessment, Evaluation and Evaluation related services that will be carried out in the policy areas under the responsibility of DG JUST.
An Impact Assessment or Evaluation may be related to:
– A proposal for new legislation, or amendments to existing legislation;
– A proposal for non-legislative action, action plan or Commission Communication;
– The implementation of legislation or programmes.
Impact Assessment assignments shall be conducted in conformity with the Commission Guidelines on Impact Assessments and may include:
– The collection of relevant evidence and information, both quantitative and qualitative through: desk research, surveys, individual interviews, focus groups, workshops, experts group, case studies, etc;
– Assistance to Commission services for the preparation, design and conduct of surveys, statistical analysis and other empirical work and methodological support;
– The definition and illustration of problems, including: scope and scale of the problem supported by clear evidence, identification of drivers of problems, identification of baseline scenario;
– Subsidiarity and proportionality analysis;
– Definition of SMART policy objectives (general, specific and operational);
– Definition of alternative policy options;
– The assessment of policy options: their economic, social and environmental impacts, impacts on fundamental rights, administrative and other compliance costs, impacts on SMEs, and any other relevant impacts and their expected distribution by Member State, size of company, group of citizens. In the Justice policy area the assessment of impacts on the legal systems and traditions of Member States are particularly important;
– Cost benefit, risk and sensitivity analysis;
– Monitoring the effects of the preferred policy option with clear indicators;
– Economic and econometric modelling.
– To reconstruct the logic chain of the intervention;
– To collect the relevant data and information;
– To analyse the data using appropriate methodological tools;
– To answer to the evaluation questions and present overall conclusions;
– To propose realistic recommendations.
Other evaluation related services such as preparatory and methodological studies, data gathering, scientific research assignment, are useful complementary means to Impact Assessment and Evaluation. Providing the necessary tools (i.e. detailed methodological approach) and information (i.e. detailed data), they contribute to more sound and informed appraisal of the implemented interventions and assessment of the impacts of future interventions.