The Strategy Implementation
How to carry out a self-evaluation?
Self-evaluation for the efficient implementation
A self-evaluation helps to implement a LEADER strategy and the projects so that their objectives can be achieved. Evaluation is also used to get more information, experience and insight to help the implementation. Therefore, evaluation is a tool that can be used to 1) direct the activities of the strategy or a project and 2) to increase their efficiency. Continuous internal monitoring and self-evaluation should always be a part of a strategy or a project as components of the learning process. Carefully planned and relevant indicators and their systemized collection are a major help for the self-evaluation process.
The following three aspects must almost always be considered in the evaluation process:
- Objectives and the extent to which they meet the development needs
- The quality, efficiency and control of project implementation and the way they are monitored (including indicators)
- The outcomes of the strategy or a project and their impacts on the target group.
LAGs' self evaluation process
From the LAG perspective, a self evaluation process can progress in phases as follows:
- The LAG identifies the need to evaluate something, makes the decision to start the evaluation process, and selects self-evaluation as the evaluation method.
- The LAG draws up the evaluation questions and a preliminary plan to resolve them.
- The data required for the evaluation are collected.
- The data are analyzed and conclusions drawn by answering the evaluation questions.
- The LAG strategy and activities are changed/ re-directed as the evaluation results require.