The Guidelines: Assessment of RDP Results: How to Prepare for Reporting on Evaluation in 2017, is a non-binding document, which serves to complement the legal requirements relating to the AIR submitted in 2017. The document leads stakeholders through the phases of planning, preparing, conducting and reporting on evaluation for the AIRs to be submitted in 2017. They provide advice on issues such as how to:
• Make use of the Common Monitoring and Evaluation System (CMES) for RDP evaluation.
• Carry out evaluation in RDP specific contexts (e.g. development of programme specific evaluation questions and indicators).
• Consider the proper use of complementary result indicators.
• Address the assessment of primary and secondary contributions of rural development operations to focus areas.
The guidelines put a major focus on the proper preparation of the evaluation system, aiming to facilitate the reporting of first results not only in 2017 but keeping in mind also, the need for continual evaluation throughout the entire programming period.
Annex 10 provides two tables which facilitate the qualitative assessment of horizontal, vertical and diagonal linkages between operations, measures, focus areas and rural development priorities. Table 1, enables one to show the primary and secondary contributions of operations within measures/sub-measures to rural development focus areas (an example of the filled table can be found in Table 12 of Annex 10 of the above guidelines), the second table allows one to show synergies and negative transverse effects between focus areas and priorities (an example of this table filled can be seen in Table 13 of Annex 10 of the above guidelines).
Additionally, the separate Annex 11 provides fiches for the common evaluation questions no. 1 – 21 to be answered in 2017. The fiches mirror the SFC-template point 7 of the Annual Implementation Report. For each evaluation question a list of the common as well as possible additional indicators are provided. Moreover, potential methods are discussed, which can be applied by the evaluator in the analysis.