Definition: Programme evaluation
The process whereby the activities undertaken by ministries and agencies are assessed against a set of objectives or criteria. This may include an assessment of programme outcomes. Programme evaluations may be conducted on a regular basis. They may be internal evaluations, or may be carried out by a third party such as the Ministry of Finance, the supreme audit institution (SAI), or an external consultant.
Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), "Effects of European Union Accession, Part 1: Budgeting and Financial Control", OECD SIGMA Paper No. 19, Paris, March 1998