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This working document compiles a selection of evaluation-related queries raised by the Member States between 2016 and 2019. Answers were prepared by the European Evaluation Helpdesk for Rural Development in collaboration with the responsible Commission services.  

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As a continuation of the work performed in 2016, the Evaluation Helpdesk has in 2017 developed a Methodological Factsheet which was distributed to all Managing Authorities. The Methodological Factsheet has been conceptualised as a tool for the European Commission and the Member States to collect the approaches used for the HNV farming indicator in a comparable format. This working document presents the results and findings of this survey. 

PRACTICES TO IDENTIFY, MONITOR AND ASSESS HNV FARMING IN  RDPS 2014-2020

In order to explore the Member States’s approaches on HNV farming in the new programming period the European Evaluation Heldpesk for Rural Development has (1) carried out an HNV survey in May-July 2016 and (2) organised an HNV Good Practice Workshop in June 2016, which provided a platform for representatives of DG Agri, Member States and HNV practitioners to discuss examples of good practices in identifying, monitoring and assessing HNV farming. This Working Document highlights the outcomes of this survey and the conclusions from the Good Practice Workshop organised in Bonn, Germany. 

Where data for a common context indicator is not available, neither from EU nor Member State sources, an estimation of the common context indicator or a proxy indicator should be used. In this working document, a definition of a proxy indicator is presented based on the related definitions used by the European Commission, the European Environmental Agency (EEA), EuropeAid and other relevant organizations such as FAO, UNDP and OECD.

This document discusses the role of evaluation questions (EQs) in the assessment of impacts and achievements of the rural development policy and outlines the set of common evaluation questions for rural development (CEQ-RD) in the 2014-2020 programming period.