How to assess direct payment interventions in the new CAP

On 9-10 November 2022, the European Evaluation Helpdesk for the CAP organised a Good Practice Workshop on 'How to assess direct payment interventions in the new CAP' in Athens, Greece.


In the last programming period, Pillar 1 direct payment interventions were generally evaluated at EU level. CAP Strategic Plans will see Member States assess all these measures nationally, in the context of the new performance monitoring and evaluation framework (PMEF). This change will require Member States to broaden their range of evaluation approaches to assess how direct payment interventions contributed to the CAP objectives, including the identification of methods, indicators and data sources.

Athens - Event GPW
Planning, preparing and conducting evaluations at Member State level will also go beyond the relative ‘routine’ of evaluating rural development type interventions and examine the specifics of direct payment interventions, including the data that will need to be collected on a regular basis. 

The second Good Practice Workshop of the Evaluation Helpdesk was therefore aimed to help prepare Member States for future evaluations of direct payment interventions. The specific objectives were to:

  • Increase the evaluation knowledge of stakeholders involved in direct payment interventions.
  • Exchange practical experiences from past evaluations of direct payment interventions (both EU level and MS level evaluations, where they exist).
  • Provide an opportunity for networking and identification of needs for Managing Authorities and evaluators in relation to methods and data collection when evaluating direct payment interventions.

Highlights and presentations from the event can be found on the EU CAP Network website.

Background documents: