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Operations Evaluation – thorough assessments to improve EIB performance

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Operations Evaluation
Process and methodology

Operations Evaluation – thorough assessments to improve EIB performance

In line with good governance, the EIB Group (European Investment Bank and European Investment Fund) strives towards constant improvement in all aspects of performance, and our Operations Evaluation (EV) forms an important part of this.

EV carries out independent ex post evaluations of EIB and EIF activities with two aims:

  • Accountability: to assess whether our activities have been in line with our policy mandates and the strategies that have derived from them, and if these activities have delivered as expected.
  • Lessons learned: identifying possible areas of improvement that can be applied to Group activities to increase performance in the future.

What does evaluation bring to the EIB?

  • Assess the relevance and performance of the EIB’s activity - while taking into account its business model
  • Identify factors that enable and thwart project implementation and achievement of policy objective
  • Highlight lessons learned
  • Provide inputs for strategic orientations

EV work is carried out mainly at a thematic level. This can be by sector, mandate or financial product. Geographical scope is usually by region or sub-region, meaning that reports will deal with the EU or the Mediterranean (FEMIP) as whole, rather than individual nations. Temporal scope is typically 10 years, but this could be revised.

The evaluation criteria for the EIB follow internationally accepted standards. In accordance with the criteria defined by the OECD Evaluation Network and adopted by the Evaluation Cooperation Group (ECG), we look at Relevance, Effectiveness, Efficiency and Sustainability. More specifically to EIB and EIF operations, EV examines the management of the project cycle. Further information on how we carry out evaluations is available here.

Recent Evaluation Reports

Evaluation of Investment Fund Operations in Femip and ACP Countries

This report assesses EIB financing of investment/private equity funds in FEMIP and ACP Countries since the mid-1990s. The two-fold purpose was to provide accountability on those operations and to draw lessons for future activities in the area. Geographically it covers two different regions which are linked, allowing for a sample of operations with different levels of development.


Evaluation of EIB Energy Efficiency Financing in the EU

This evaluation focuses on the EIB’s energy efficiency (EE) financing in the EU from 2000 to 2011 and strives to provide an answer to the question of how the Bank responded to the EE challenge in the context of a reinforced EU EE policy.


Evaluation of EIB Intermediated Lending to SMEs in the EU, 2005-2011

This evaluation focuses on the EIB’s intermediated lending to Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) between 2005 and 2011, a time characterised by the financial crisis. This set in at end 2008 and made access to finance more difficult for SMEs, the backbone of economic activity. The evaluation focuses on how the EIB responded to this changed environment with the loan for SMEs product and provides insights into the benefits accruing to SMEs.



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