Context Indicators

Where is the context?

When embarking on the path of evaluation one often wonders, where do we begin? In order to have an idea of were to begin we have to get an understanding of the context of what is going on in the sector, region or area we would like to assess. In order to quantify this in evaluation often times context indicators are used.

The CAP context indicators reflect relevant aspects of the general contextual trends in the economy, environment and society that are likely to have an influence on the implementation, achievements and performance of the CAP (Article 1(d) and Section 4 of the Annex to Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 834/2014). A set of 45 indicators (Annex IV to Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 808/2014) describes the general context in which policy measures are designed, planned and implemented. These indicators form part of the monitoring and evaluation framework for the CAP 2014-2020 and are used in RDPs to provide a comprehensive overall description of the current situation of the programming area. The European Commission provides an annual update of data (subject to availability) for these indicators. A specific section on the Europa website is also dedicated to CAP indicators with short analytical texts, key downloadable tables, graphs and maps. The diagramme presents the available EU data sources linked to the type of indicator, the frequency of the data updates and how the data is collected.




Data gaps identified at the EU level:

  • The absence of a unique and harmonised data collection system;
  • The absence of a legal basis for data collection (primarily concerning environmental indicators);
  • The frequency of data dissemination, which is variable and sometimes discontinued;
  • The level of geographical detail (national, regional).


For more information on context indicators please refer to the context indicator fiches or DG AGRI’s ‘CAP Interactive Dashboard’.