The Guidelines: Evaluation of National Rural Networks 2014-2020 is a non-binding document, which serves to complement the legal requirements relating to NRN evaluations. The document clarifies the common elements related to NRN evaluations and gives a wider set of recommendations on how to formulate and manage NRN evaluations, both as a stand-alone exercise and as a part of RDP evaluations. The Guidelines are drafted to be a practical, hands-on guide for NRN evaluation stakeholders. They include step-by-step recommendations on the process and available methodologies for evaluation of the NRN. The Guidelines are divided into four parts:
- The Introduction: familiarises the reader with overarching themes.
- Part 1: discusses the procedure for planning, preparing and managing the evaluation for the commissioning party (Managing Authority or NSU).
- Part 2: gives advice to evaluators on how to conduct the evaluation.
- Part 3: includes an overview of some methods that can be used in the evaluation of networks, as well as example templates and tables.