The European Union's Drive Towards Public Policy Evaluation The Case of Spain Articles uri icon

publication date

  • June 2009

start page

  • 459

end page

  • 472


  • 4


  • 15

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1356-3890

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1461-7153


  • Spain's entry into the European Union (EU), in 1986, represented a great challenge in several areas, including the evaluation of public policy. In 1988 Structural Fund regulations were amended to include mandatory evaluation of European structural policies by both the Commission and the member states, and the 1999 reform strengthened evaluation requirements. This contribution discusses the major changes introduced in the Spanish evaluation landscape due to Spain's entry into the EU. It provides a description and analysis of a case that has elicited great interest among countries that have entered the EU in the 21st century and are trying to learn from the experience of Spain and other countries.