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TNC Follow-up

Monitoring and Evaluation


Evaluation is a tool which aims to assess the achievement of the past, and draw lessons for the future. It involves a comprehensive methodological approach which should always be implemented at the end of the project.

Evaluation grid for cooperation

In addition to this ‘ex-post’ evaluation, more and more projects are recognising the benefits from ‘ongoing evaluation’ during a project’s implementation. Ongoing evaluation helps to ensure that the monitoring data is used in the best possible and timely way.

Evaluations often include a qualitative analysis of the project’s: outputs in social, economical, and environmental terms (relevance and impact); method of implementation and partnership performance (effectiveness, efficiency); and future prospects or mainstreamed outcomes (sustainability).

Evaluation information can be collected through analysing monitoring reports and/or by consulting different stakeholders involved in the TNC project.

Evaluation is normally carried out externally by independent evaluators and evaluation should always seek to explore the added-value and synergies gained from TNC processes. These may be both hard and/or soft outcomes.

Evaluation findings can be used as a communication tool. The results of a TNC project evaluation can be used to demonstrate to the local population, the financial partners and to the press, the actual benefits of a European project. Such a presentation may also take the form of organising an event, together with your transnational partner(s) visiting your area.

The ‘final event’ of a TNC project should present information from the evaluation about your TNC project outcomes and underscore the current and anticipated impacts. This should include highlighting the added-value gained in each participating area.

The following table helps to summarise differences between monitoring and evaluation.

(management tool)
(assessment tool)
(communications tool)
Function Operational project management. Strategic aspects, project implementation method. Concrete results and added value of TNC.
Objectives To identify and resolve implementation problems.
To assess progress towards objectives
To assess outcomes, impact, added value.
To promote successes and lessons learned.
To promote TNC. To make people aware of the benefits of joint European action, specifically of TNC projects
Target Group Project management. Project stakeholders. Project stakeholders, local population.
Responsibilities; Lead partner: coordination. Other partners: participation, gathering of indicators. Lead partner: coordination. Other partners: gathering of information and dissemination. Lead partner and other partners.

It is extremely important to establish and implement these monitoring and evaluation process from the moment you start writing the project road-map/application form. Only if you follow purposeful pre-defined indicators can your monitoring and evaluation provide meaningful support to the objectives of your TNC project.


The European Evaluation Network for Rural Development has a Helpdesk service that can provide advice and guidance about using the ‘Common Monitoring and Evaluation Framework’ which all TNC projects should comply with.

Other useful tips, advice and guidance about ongoing monitoring and evaluation of cooperation projects is also available from the EU’s INTERREG Programme experiences that are available at

Last update: 19/06/2014 | Top