Improving the quality of Sustainable Development
EASY-ECO Saarbrücken Conference
11-14 Oct 2006
This EASY-ECO Series Event is sponsored by:
Conference brochure and call for papers (PDF, 716 kB)
Sustainable development does not just evolve from itself – it is
the result of active political action. Without the implementation of innovative
measures in the framework of projects and programmes neither the necessary
institutional reforms nor the durable attitude changes necessary for realising
the Agenda 21 can be reached. Nevertheless, not all innovations are successful,
and not every success leads to desired sustainable effects. The main goal
of evaluation research on the micro level of projects and programmes is
the exploration of these effects, the causes of successes and failures
and possibilities of improving the quality of measures.
Sustainable development is a global task to be achieved by local actions.
Multi-level policies are required for the coordination of this conjoint
acting and learning from difficulties as well as learning about solutions
and best practices. The key to common success is knowledge of the effects
and communicating this knowledge evidently. Without the development of
appropriate scientific methods generating and processing such knowledge,
sustainable development remains a utopian objective.
Evaluation of sustainable development is a complex task demanding interdisciplinary
team work. New technical solutions must be developed, tested and implemented,
for example to overcome the current waste of non-renewable resources.
Technical solutions alone are not, however, sufficient. They have to be
economically feasible and shaped in a socially acceptable way. Even the
most appropriate technical solutions lead nowhere if they do not receive
financing and acceptance by the public. This has to be realized early
so as to give us time to develop adequate management procedures. Evaluation
research decisively contributes to this by directing attention not only
onto technical feasibility but also onto the efficiency of measures and
their acceptance and utilisation by target groups.