Council of Europe. Evaluation of the CoE-EC (Tacis) Joint Programme for Moldova “Support to continued democratic reforms 2004-2006”. Marco is Team Leader of this exercise.
Year 2007 (Direct contract)
Sectors: Public policies, Legislation

UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organization). Evaluation of the UNIDO Investment and Technology Promotion Offices (ITPOs) in Paris, Marseille and Rome.
Marco is Team Leader of this exercise involving three independent evaluators and an Officer of the UNIDO's Evaluation Group.
Years 2006-2007
(Direct contract)
Sectors: Industry, Public policies

European Commission (EC), Directorate General (DG) Justice, Liberty and Security. Study to assess the impact of a communication on cybercime.
Marco was senior evaluator in this ex-ante impact assessment.
Year 2006 (Contractor: Yellow Window management consultants)
Sectors: Public policies, Legislation

EBR eeig (European Business Register). Definition of the Quality Assessment procedures, writing of the QA manual, coordination of the first full QA exercise
involving Trade Registers of 14 European countries. EBR is the network among the official Trade Registers of 14 European Countries, granting access to data on more than 18 million companies.
Year 2006
(Direct contract)
Sectors: Industry, Public Administration

UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development). Evaluation of UNCTAD's Quick Response Window Trust Fund Project
, financed by SECO (Swiss aid Agency). The project covered the Andean Community, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, China, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jordan, Russia, Peru, Serbia and Montenegro, and Tanzania.
Year 2006 (Direct contract)
Sectors: Industry, Public policies

EC, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities. Improving the information and communication in the social inclusion process.
Marco is supporting the contractor, a strategic communication consulting, with evaluative support during the communication audit, and with accompanying evaluation.
Year 2006
(Contractor: Gellis communication -B)
Sector: Public policies

EC, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities. Evaluation of the ESF contribution to employment, inclusion and education & training policies through the support to systems and structures.
Marco is one of the evaluators in charge with this exercise.
Years 2005-2006
(Contractor: Idec - GR)
Sector: Public policies

IFC (International Finance Corporation) - World Bank Group
. Meta-evaluation of the Monitoring and Evaluation system adopted by SEED (Southeast Europe Enterprise Development). SEED was a five-year, $25 million initiative to strengthen SMEs in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, FYR Macedonia, and Serbia and Montenegro, finished in June, 2005. SEED's activities were co-financed by the governments and aid agencies of Austria, Canada, Greece, The Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and the IFC. In order to carry out the meta-evaluation, three clusters of SEED services were selected as case-studies: 1) Capacity Building of SMEs; 2) Capacity Building of Business Development Services; 3) services rendered to Financial Institutions. Marco Lorenzoni is the consultant in charge with this meta-evaluation.
Year 2005 (Direct contract)
Sector: Industry

EC, DG Information Society and Media
. Project reviewer (rapporteur) of a major project financed under the 6th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development, called SAFIR. The project aims to provide a system developer kit and pilot application-system architectures to enable application programmers to (re)write existing e-Government services with language independent speech recognition capabilities.
Years 2005, 2006 (Direct contract, several assignments)
Sector: Public Administration

EC, DG Information Society and Media. Proposal assessment (rapporteur) of the research proposals submitted for financing under the 4th call of the programme IST (Information Society Technologies) targeted to develop ICT applications for governments (Strategic Objective 2.4.9).
Year 2005 (Direct contract)
Sector: Public Administration

IFC. Feasibility study for the setting-up of a public balance-sheet database in Morocco. With this Institution building project the National Bank of Morocco (Bank-el-Maghrib), and the OMPIC (Office Marocain de la Propriété Industrielle et Commerciale, a state Administration managing public databases) were provided with an analysis of the feasibility for the creation of a public database on balance sheets of national businesses. For the formulation of the recommendations, Marco Lorenzoni took into consideration best practices around the world. He was supported by a local ICT consultant.
Years 2004-2005 (Contractor: Economisti Associati -I)
Sectors: Public administration; Industry

EC/EuropeAid. Tacis and the Balkans / Cards Monitoring Programme. Marco Lorenzoni was senior monitor, and mentor of local evaluators. During this contract, Marco monitored the following national and regional programmes: SME sector development. A multi-year project aimed at supporting the development of this economic sector in Moldova. The project was implemented by a private international consortium. BUMAD. A multi-year regional programme targeting Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine, aimed at fighting the heroin trafficking from Afghanistan to Europe alongside the "silk route", and to diminish local consumption. The programme is being implemented by UNDP. SCAD. As above, with focus on South Caucasus (Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan). CADAP. As above, with focus on Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan).
Year 2004 (Contractor: consortium IBM/Safege/Itad)
Sectors: Industry; Public policies and legislation

IFC / NAED Morocco; Unique Identifier Number for SMEs. With this Public Administration Reform project, Marco Lorenzoni carried out a study commissioned by OMPIC on best practices in Europe and the USA on Unique Identifying Numbering systems for businesses. This was needed in order to reform the present system of business identification in Morocco.
Year 2004. (Contractor: Economisti Associati -I)
Sectors: Public administration; Industry

EC/DG Transport and Energy. Ex-post evaluation of specific interventions funded under the Sustainable Mobility Policy. With a specific budget line, the European Commission finances studies and different activities targeting to the promotion of sustainability in transports. Marco Lorenzoni was team leader of an evaluation aiming to understand the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, and impact of these measures financed from 1999 to 2003. Specific evaluation grids were prepared for this exercise, based on a logical framework approach. Counter-factual analysis, interviews, questionnaires, and analysis of secondary data were used, as well during the exercise.
Year 2004 (Contractor: The European Evaluation Consortium -EUR)
Sector: Public policies and legislation
Report published by the Client: click here.

EC/Secretariat General. Evaluation of the Spring Day in Europe initiative.
The year 2003, the EC promoted a series of events targeting high schools in Europe in order to inform and involve students on the debate about the future of Europe, at the eve of the enlargement. About 5000 schools participated. Marco was selected as contractor and team leader of an evaluation aiming to understand the impact of this initiative on pupils, teachers, head teachers and families of students. The selected evaluation tools include web-based questionnaires, focus groups (UK, Italy, France, Austria, Germany, Spain, Czech Republic, and Romania), interviews, analysis of media coverage.
Years 2003-2004 (Contractor: Bridges)
Sector: Education, information
Report published by the Client: click here.

EC/DG Enterprise. Evaluation of the application of the Lifts Directive.
With its Directive 95/16/EC the EU sets minimum conditions of safety and security for lifts installed in the territory of the Union. With this evaluation exercise the EC wanted to understand the state of application of the Directive in the Member States of the Union. The report was needed in order to report the European Parliament and the Council. Marco Lorenzoni was member of the evaluation team. Among the evaluation tools, legal and statistic analysis, interviews, and case studies. The exercise was monitored by a Steering Committee with participation of the main European stakeholders (industry, policy makers, and national representatives).
Year 2004 (Contractor: The European Evaluation Consortium -EUR)
Sectors: Industry; Public policies and legislation
Report published by the Client: click here.

EC/DG Health and Consumer Protection. Evaluation of the Food Labelling Legislation.
With its Directive 2000/13/EC, the European Union makes compulsory the indication of some key elements in the labels of foodstuffs. This in order to inform and protect consumers, and to ensure the functioning of the internal market. With this evaluation the EC wanted to understand the state of application of the Directive, the impact on consumers, and the level of satisfaction of both consumers and industry. This was needed in order to understand if further legislation initiative is required. Marco Lorenzoni was member of the evaluation team. Among the evaluation tools, a study of food labelling legislation and Community policy, interviews, a consumer comprehension and satisfaction survey in France, the UK, and Italy. The exercise was monitored by a Steering Committee with participation of the main European stakeholders (consumers, industry, commerce, and policy makers).
Year 2003 (Contractor: The European Evaluation Consortium -EUR)
Sector: Public policies and legislation
Report published by the Client: click here.

EC/DG Administration: Evaluation of language training courses targeted to EC Officers.
The language-training programme within the European institutions offers training in 25 languages for around 9,500 members of staff each year. With this evaluation it was requested to assess the level of efficiency, effectiveness, impact, and sustainability of this programme. Marco Lorenzoni was member of the evaluation team. Among the tools used, questionnaires, interviews, and statistic analysis.
Year 2003 (Contractor: The Evaluation Partnership -UK)
Sector: Public administration

EC/DG Health and Consumer Protection. Establishing an evaluation process for the EC Public Health Programme.
The new EC Public Health Framework Programme, following recommendations formulated in its ex-ante evaluation (see below) foresees the setting up of a specific evaluation process for understanding its performances in terms of effectiveness, efficiency, impact, and sustainability. Marco Lorenzoni was member of the team that defined this evaluation process.
Year 2003 (Contractor: Economisti Associati -I)
Sector: Public policies and legislation; Public administration

European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (OSHA). Evaluation of the European Week 2002.
Every year, OSHA promotes and finances thematic activities related to safety and health on working places. The theme selected for the year 2002 was "Stress at work". Marco Lorenzoni was member of the team that was selected to evaluate the activities of this European Week. Evaluation activities included analysis of secondary documentation, case studies, analysis of media coverage, and interviews.
Years 2002-2003 (Contractor: Economisti Associati -I)
Sector: Education, information

EC/DG Internal Market. Evaluation of studies launched by DG Internal Market 1999 to 2001.
The DG Markt of the EC finances studies aiming to understand the state of progress of the Internal Market in the EU, in different sectors. The objective of this evaluation was to provide recommendations for improving the planning and implementation of studies in DG Internal Market as well as for enhancing exploitation of results, as a way to contribute to the further improvement of the overall performance of the DG. Studies were evaluated with a special view to their relevance for policy purposes, intrinsic quality and internal and external consistency. Marco Lorenzoni was member of the evaluation team. Evaluation tools included analysis of the studies, benchmarking, cost-effectiveness analysis; a specific evaluation grid was prepared for the exercise.
Years 2002-2003 (Contractor: The European Evaluation Consortium -EUR)
Sectors: Public policies and legislation; Industry; Public administration
Report published by the Client: click here.

European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA). Evaluation of the cooperation EMCDDA-Central and Eastern European Countries.
Marco was member of the team that evaluated the assistance given by EMCDDA to Central and Eastern European Countries (including Romania) for the setting up of their national focal points on drug and drug dependencies. Evaluation tools included analysis of secondary data, interviews, and case studies.
Year 2002 (Contractor: Economisti Associati -I)
Sector: Public policies and legislation

EC/ (former) DG Justice and Home Affairs. Assessment of the Joint Action on New Synthetic Drugs.
The Joint Action (mainly motivated by law enforcement considerations) puts in place an EU early warning system on New Synthetic Drugs appearing on the market; these drugs should pose a serious threat to public health. Marco Lorenzoni was member of the team that evaluated the mechanism. Among the evaluation tools: analysis of secondary data, interviews with European stakeholders, and case studies on five new synthetic drugs.
Years 2001-2002 (Contractor: The Evaluation Partnership- UK)
Sector: Public policies and legislation
Report published by the Client: click here.

EC/DG Education and Culture. Evaluation of the Naric network.
Members of the NARIC network are those European national organisations (including Romania) responsible, at the national level, for the recognition of foreign degrees for academic purposes. The DG Education and Culture commissioned this study to understand effectiveness and impact of the network, and efficiency of the activities co-financed each year. Marco Lorenzoni was Team Leader and evaluator. Evaluation tools included desk-analysis of literature and documents; interviews; assessment of projects financed by DG EAC, by means of a standard "project evaluation sheet"; questionnaires; case studies; analysis of messages exchanged over the ENIC discussion list; and textual analysis of the websites of 25 Recognition Centres.
Years 2001-2002 (Contractor: Pragmatic Network of European Independent Consultants - EUR).
Sectors: Education and information; Public administration
Report published by the Client: click here.

EC/DG Research. Pilot study for the dissemination of "RTD info" in schools.
Following an earlier evaluation of the magazine (see below), the EC wanted to carry out a potential impact analysis and readership behaviour on high school and university students. Marco Lorenzoni was member of the evaluation team. The activities were mainly based on statistic analysis, questionnaires, direct interviews and site-visits.
Years 2001-2002 (Contractor: The Evaluation Partnership- UK)
Sector: Education, information

EC/DG Health and Consumer Protection. Ex-ante impact assessment of the new Consumer Policy Strategy.
The EC commissioned an ex-ante impact assessment of its new Consumer Policy Strategy, preliminary to its presentation to the European Parliament and the Council. Marco Lorenzoni was member of the team. The evaluation made a large use of the score card system, integrated with logframe analysis.
Years 2001-2002 (Contractor: The Evaluation Partnership- UK)
Sectors: Public policies and legislation; Public administration

EMCDDA: External evaluation of the activities of the Focal Points of the European Information Network on Drugs and Drug Addiction (REITOX).
The National Focal Points, selected by the Member States of the EU, are partners of the Agency, and are organised into a network. Marco Lorenzoni was member of the team that was selected to evaluate the activities of the network in terms of relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, and impact. Evaluation tools included desk analysis, questionnaires, interviews, and case studies. The evaluation was monitored by a Steering Committee inclusive of all the Focal Points.
Year 2001 (Contractor: Economisti Associati -I)
Sectors: Public policies and legislation; Public administration
Report published by the Client: click here.


Phare proposal assessment committees of public tenders.
Marco was Secretary, then President of two evaluation committees called to assess tenders launched in Bulgaria under the Phare programme on behalf of the Bulgarian Ministry of Environment (services, procurements).
Year 2001 (Direct contract)
Sector: Public administration

EC/DG Research. Evaluation of the publication "RTD Info".
Since 1993, the DG Research of the EC publishes "RTD Info", a magazine targeting to inform a wide audience on European research results and developments. With this evaluation, the EC wanted to understand the impact of the magazine on its audience. Marco Lorenzoni was one of the selected evaluators. Evaluation tools included a descriptive analysis, a readership questionnaire, and some readership interviews and country visits.
Year 2001 (Contractor: The Evaluation Partnership- UK)
Sector: Education, information

EC/DG Health and Consumer Protection. Evaluation of European consumer associations.
Marco Lorenzoni was team leader of an evaluation requested by the EC of the activities of six European Consumer Organisations during the period 1995 to 1999. These Organisations were partly financed by the EC budget. The mandate included an organisational, operational and financial evaluation of each of the organisations; an analysis of the consumer policy environment in which these ECOs operate; and an evaluation of their effectiveness and relevance.
Years 2000-2001 (Contractor: consortium The Evaluation Partnership, Bridges, Economisti Associati)
Sectors: Public administration; Public policies and legislation

EC/DG Health and Consumer Protection. Evaluation of activities related to sustainable consumption.
Marco Lorenzoni was team leader of an evaluation of the activities carried out by private subjects and co-financed by the EC aiming to promote sustainable consumption during the period 1995 to 1998. The evaluation had to address issues of relevance, effectiveness, impact, and efficiency (including a value for money analysis and an investigation on the proper use of the public funds allocated).
Year 2000 (Contractor: consortium Economisti Associati, Bridges, Eco & Eco, Kocks & Meeussen, Chamber of Commerce of Gipuzkoa)
Sectors: Public policies and legislation; Public administration

EC/DG Health and Consumer Protection. Ex-ante evaluation of the Public Health Framework Programme.
Marco Lorenzoni was directly contracted by the EC -together with a further evaluator- to carry out an ex-ante evaluation of the proposed new Public Health Framework Programme, prior to the submission to the European Parliament and the Council. The evaluation implied an analysis of the evaluations carried out by external consultants of the previous Public Health Programmes of the EC. The evaluation was carried out with extensive use of documentary analysis, interviews, and logframe analysis.
Year 2000 (Direct contract)
Sectors: Public policies and legislation; Public administration

EC/ (former) DG1A (now EuropeAid). Ex-post evaluation of Tacis Enterprise Restructuring and Private Sector Development Program in Russian Federation.
With this evaluation -where Marco Lorenzoni participated as Team Member- the EC requested an independent assessment of the background, objectives, results achieved and means deployed by Tacis in the field of private sector development in Russia, with a view of drawing lessons that could be useful for future action. During the evaluation, 22 in-country visits were organised to as many projects, all over the Russian Federation.
Years 1998-1999 (Contractor: Economisti Associati -I)
Sector: Industry
Report published by the Client: click here.