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Evaluation and Review

  Austria

·           The 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.

·         Statistik 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.[1]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.[2]

 

NSTRAT:

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..
  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 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 to http://www.nachhaltigkeit.at/article/articleview/72450/1/26482)
  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. 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, respectively.

 

 

 

 

ÖSTRAT:

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.


[1] Statistik Austria. STATISTICS BRIEF – Dezember 2018. p. 1.

[2] Statistik Austria. STATISTICS BRIEF – Dezember 2018. p. 3.

 

This Country Profile has been last updated on: Thursday, 04 June 2020

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