6th European Environmental Evaluators Network Forum: Evaluating Innovation in Environmental Protection and Sustainability

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The 6th European Environmental Evaluators Network Forum (2017 EEEN Forum) will bring together practitioners, academics, policy-makers and other users of environmental evaluation to share views, knowledge and experiences about the use, relevance and future priorities for climate and environment policy evaluation.

The 2017 Forum will ask whether evaluation is evolving in line with the societal and environmental challenges policy is trying to address. Europe, in order to achieve its goal of 'living well, within the limits of our planet', will need to rely inter alia on innovation to make the transition to sustainability. Many forms of innovation will be required to turn Europe into a resource-efficient, green and low-carbon economy.

The 2017 EEEN Forum will feature contributions on the role of evaluating innovation in environmental protection and sustainability. The Forum will focus both on the evaluation of innovation and on innovation in evaluation approaches.

Draft event agenda and practical information for participants are now available below

Event programme

Invited speakers include:

  • Terry A’Hearn - CEO, Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)
  • Hans Bruyninckx - Executive Director, European Environment Agency (EEA)
  • Laura Burke - Director General Environmental Protection Agency Ireland and Chair of EEA Management Board
  • Ado Lõhmus, Deputy Secretary General, Ministry of the Environment, Republic of Estonia (representing the Estonian Presidency)
  • Ernesto Soria Morales, Senior Policy Analyst, OECD
  • Phil Wynn Owen - Dean in the European Court of Auditors


The following themes are proposed to provide a broad framework for the Forum:

1. The role of social innovation

While innovation is often thought to refer to technological solutions, awareness is growing of the role of social innovations, namely new practices and behaviours that enable society to meet their needs more sustainably. Is evaluation addressing policies and governance arrangements that stimulate new practices and behaviours and their implications for environmental protection and sustainability? Which evaluation methodologies are relevant here? Which are the factors affecting public engagement? What is the role of consumers and non-state actors in this context?

2. The role of the business sector in environmental innovation

To what extent are businesses gearing up for the required transition to turning Europe into a resource-efficient, green and low-carbon economy in line with related Europe-wide policies? In evaluating these policies how do we capture the opportunities and constraints on innovation in business practice? How do we evaluate business competitiveness and financial risk in this context? Is corporate social responsibility a useful measure here?

3. Innovations in instrument evaluation

How to design policy evaluation to ensure more connectivity between policies (e.g. between resource efficiency and decarbonisation policies or between different policy types)? Is the evaluation community focusing on the right policy linkages, on so-called nexus issues? Are there new instruments or methods to evaluate environmental damages and their different kind of compensation and/or prevention? What are the effects of market regulation? Can financial incentives improve performance?

4. Innovation in implementation

The scaling up of innovative solutions often relies on supportive policy design and effective implementation. What are the innovations in approaches to implementation that will promote the transition to sustainability? How can these be evaluated? Do the European initiatives of the Environmental Implementation Review and Environmental Compliance Assurance offer lessons in this regard? What role do regulators play?

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Download the event flyer (last modified: 29 May 2017)


Following the call for contributions, event sessions, speakers and discussion leaders have been identified and the draft agenda, subject to speakers' registration, is available for download below:

Registration and practical information for participants

Selected speakers, discussion leaders, session organisers and participants will be notified about their acceptance by email. A direct link to the registration form would have been received in this email, where re-confirmation of attendance is requested by 20 October 2017.

Participation in the event will be free of charge and upon registration only. Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), the event host, will offer lunches during the event, as well as the official dinner on Thursday 23 November 2017. Accepted participants are kindly requested to sign up for meals through the registration form.

For more information about meals, social events, hotels near the event venue, etc., please refer to the practical information for delegates:


Note for latecomers

If you missed the Call for Contributions deadline and are still interested in attending the event as a participant, please submit your expression of interest through this form. You will be asked to write a few words about why you would like to participate in the Forum. The Organising Committee will review the received expressions of interest on an ongoing basis and notify the selected participants about their acceptance in due course.


If you have any questions about the event, please do not hesitate to .

About EEEN Fora

Environmental Evaluators Network (EEN) logoThe purpose of the international Environmental Evaluators Network (EEN) is to advance the practice, policy and theory of evaluating environmental programmes, policies and other interventions. Since 2012, the European Environmental Evaluators Network (EEEN) has been organising Fora to promote more systematic and collective learning in these areas.

The EEEN Advisory Group

  • Kris Bachus - University of Leuven
  • Matthias Duwe - Ecologic Institute
  • Lisa Eriksson - Swedish Environmental Protection Agency
  • Jenny Faichney - Scottish Environment Protection Agency (2017 EEEN Forum host)
  • Andrew Farmer - Institute for European Environmental Policy
  • Odile Heddebaut - IFSTTAR
  • Matt Keene - US Environmental Protection Agency
  • Paula Kivimaa - University of Sussex & Finnish Environment Institute
  • Claudio Marcantonini - European University Institute
  • Eeva Primmer - Finnish Environment Institute
  • Andrew Pullin - Collaboration for Environmental Evidence
  • Georg Rebernig - Environment Agency Austria
  • Marleen Van Steertegem - Flemish Environment Agency

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