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Evaluation and Review



Transparency in, and information on the progress in the implementation of the NSTRAT is considered as equally important. Several measures were set so far:

  1. Work programmes: Work programmes define specific measures and objectives that are to be implemented. They also refer to relevant sectorial and institutional competencies. Work programmes were published in 2003 and 2004. Here are the links to the 2003 work programme (in German) and the 2004 work programme (in German).
  2. Progress reports: Bi-annual progress reports are foreseen to describe the results achieved in the implementation and to present new implementation measures. The last progress report was issued in 2006 (in German).
  3. External process review: In 2002, a report on an external process review focussing on the process of development of the NSDS was published. (Link to  Furthermore, an external process review published in July 2005 summarizes experience gathered and lessons learned by the main actors in the implementation process of the NSTRAT (link to
  4. External evaluation: In 2005, an external evaluation of the implementation activities and results achieved regarding NSDS was conducted by a group of independent researchers. The results were intended to be taken into account in the further development and improvement of the NSDS. The full version of the evaluation report was published in December 2005; a summary is also available (in German language).
  5. Audit by the Austrian court of Auditors: In 2005, the NSDS and its mechanisms of horizontal and vertical integration were audited by the Austrian Court of Auditors; the report published in September 2006 can be downloaded here. In 2009, the Federal Court of Auditors carried out another audit. The aim of the audit was to identify if, and to which extent, integration of SD has proceeded in decision-making processes in the federal provinces and on the national level. Another focus of the audit was the organisational framework and its suitability with respect to the targets to be achieved. The results of the audit were published in 2010; the reports are provided here

The findings are integrated for the further development/implementation of the NSDS and its on-going revision, as well as the joint ÖSTRAT working programmes, resp.



In order to monitor progress in the implementation of the ÖSTRAT, a 2-year´s reporting cycle is foreseen, starting with the first progress report scheduled for 2011(progress report 2011 can be downloaded here). Evaluation of the effects of the implementation and of the framework for the process of ÖSTRAT implementation is considered to be important also. Evaluation is intended to be done every four years.


This Country Profile has been last updated on: Friday, 23 August 2013

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