In the Public Administration sector, the evaluation has so far failed. Can the causes of the failure, evidenced by 25 years of unsuccessful legislative attempts, be traced in the evaluation’s contents, or in the absence/inadequacy of the empowering conditions or of the operational requirements? The article draws on the numerous empirical evidences that show that the causes relate to all the three investigated typologies. What are today, at the beginning of another season of reforms, the enabling conditions, the constituent elements and the qualifying characters of evaluation that should be contained in the implementing laws of the "Minister Madia’s Reform"? Starting from this research question, the paper traces the legislative mistakes of the past 25 years on the subject of evaluation and it analyses the "Minister Madia’s Reform" of the PA to understand its limits and potentials.
Keywords: Public Administration, Performance Evaluation, Public Value
Jel Code: J580