Evaluation and Review
Federal Chancellery commissioned a National Indicators Report that was published
by Statistik Austria in May (preliminary final version in March) 2020. The
results of this special report are also taken into account in Austria's first VNR and
are published there yet in a shortened manner.
· A first stocktaking compilation of
implementation measures undertaken by all federal ministries was released 2017.
Austria plays a central role at national level. In 2017, Statistik Austria
published its first
Austria-specific set of indicators, which was based on, and developed from, the UN set of indicators and the standards of the
European Statistical System (ESS). The national indicators were updated in
December 2018 and 2019.As a whole, the Austrian set of indicators was
substantially improved and expanded there are now around 200 indicators, some
of which have even been disaggregated based on gender.
Transparency in, and information on the progress in the implementation of
the NSTRAT is considered as equally important. Several measures were set so far:
- 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..
- 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).
- 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 http://www.nachhaltigkeit.at/article/articleview/72444/1/26482)
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
- 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).
- 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. 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
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. Evaluation of the effects of the implementation and of the framework
for the process of ÖSTRAT implementation is considered to be important also.
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