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About EASY-ECO: A new challenge

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EASY-ECO is a training and conference programme on evaluations in the specific context of sustainable development, in short: sustainability evaluations. Between 2005 and 2010, the EASY-ECO Series comprises seven conferences and ten training opportunities:

Date Conference / Training Course Location
23-25 May 2002 Conference "EASY-ECO 1 - Evaluation of Sustainability" Vienna, Austria
15-17 May 2003 Conference "EASY-ECO 2 - Evaluation of Sustainability" Vienna, Austria
15-17 June 2005 Conference "Impact Assessment for a New Europe and Beyond" Manchester, UK
21-30 Sept 2005 EASY-ECO Training Bratislava, Slovakia
25 Jan-3 Feb 2006 EASY-ECO Training Szentendre, Hungary
11-14 Oct 2006 Conference "Improving the quality of Sustainable Development Projects" Saarland, Germany
16-25 May 2007 EASY-ECO Training Brasov, Romania
5-14 Sept 2007 EASY-ECO Training Krakow, Poland
11-14 March 2008 Conference "Governance by Evaluation" Vienna, Austria
20-24 Oct 2008 EASY-ECO Training Saarland, Germany
14-18 April 2009 EASY-ECO Training Lund, Sweden
6-10 July 2009 EASY-ECO Training Bilbao, Spain
16-18 October 2009 Conference "Stakeholder Perspectives in Evaluating Sustainable Development" Budapest, Hungary
8-12 March 2010 EASY-ECO Training on Strategic Environmental Assessment Trento, Italy
14-18 June 2010 EASY-ECO Training on Sustainability Assessment in a Transboundary Context Tallinn, Estonia
27 Sept - 1 Oct 2010 EASY-ECO Training on Evaluation of Sustainability of Development Assistance Projects and Programs Prague, Czech Republic
17-19 November 2010 Conference "Sustainable Development Evaluations in Europe" Brussels, Belgium

EASY-ECO unites twelve European top-class research institutions with the common aim of building sustainability evaluation capacity. This will be achieved by training young researchers in the EASY-ECO Trainings and facilitating the sharing of relevant experience of leading academics, junior researchers, policy-makers and evaluation practitioners at the EASY-ECO Conferences.

The events can be attended individually. However, young researchers who want to complete one of the EASY-ECO Trainings and benefit of the support of experienced academics are highly encouraged to first visit a conference, and then attend one of the EASY-ECO Trainings, finally submitting a paper for one of the conferences following their training.


  • disseminates theoretical knowledge and practical experience among European experts
  • provides a modular hands-on education in sustainability evaluations to young researchers, which is unique in Europe
  • increases capacities for sustainability evaluations, especially in the new EU member states
  • gives contractors and evaluators an overview on evaluation methods and products available, i.e. increasing market transparency
  • promotes networking and professional exchange among researchers and practitioners

The conferences and trainings cover fields of application such as

  • national strategies and policies for sustainable development
  • EU structural funds and agricultural funds (especially in EU new member states)
  • Local Agenda 21 activities, urban and rural development programmes
  • corporate sustainability and corporate social responsibility
  • development assistance

and methodological issues such as

  • sustainability impact assessment
  • optimisation techniques, such as cost-benefit analysis
  • statistical and econometric measures, such as multi-criteria analysis
  • quality standards and indicators for evaluations

As the challenge of capacity building is most significant in the new EU member states, their needs will play a prominent role throughout the series of events.

EASY-ECO 2002-2003: Two successful EU conferences

In 2002 and 2003, the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration hosted the first two European conferences on "Evaluation of Sustainability", the precedessors of EASY-ECO. More than 200 outstanding academics, young researchers, evaluators and contractors from 25 European countries, the United States and Canada participated. The conferences were the first ever to provide a European-wide overview of various approaches and methodologies of evaluation in the context of sustainable development. Click here to get an overview of the EASY-ECO 2002-2003 Conferences (including proceedings, papers, presentations and MP3s).

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