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These non-binding Guidelines aim to examine the challenges in relation to the evaluation activities for the AIR in 2019 by:

  • Presenting practical approaches to estimate the RDP’s net contributions to the common CAP impact indicators and assess the progress in achieving the EU level objectives; 
  • Providing support for answering the common evaluation questions (CEQs) 22-30 and for reporting on evaluation findings to the European Commission in the AIRs submitted in 2019.

The Guidelines are structured in four parts (presented in three documents):

  • PART I (primarily for Managing Authorities): informs about the legal requirements and outlines how to report in 2019 on the CEQs 22-30. Part I contains references to other existing guidance. 
  • PART II (primarily for evaluators): offers methodological support for assessing the common impact indicators of Pilar II (sectoral, environmental and socio-economic impacts). This part explains each intervention logic, the use of additional evaluation elements, explains the data requirements, the units of assessment and guides the reader through choosing the most appropriate evaluation approaches for netting out the RDP’s contributions to the values of the CAP impact indicators. Furthermore, Part II also suggests approaches to assess RDP contributions towards achieving the EU 2020 strategy and innovation. 
  • PART III: contains the fiches for answering the CEQs 22–30.
  • PART IV: contains the technical annex including more detailed information on the approaches to assess the CAP impact indicators and the glossary of terms.

This report summarises the major outcomes of the Good Practice Workshop, 'Approaches to Assess Socio-economic and Sector Related RDP Impacts in 2019', which was co-hosted by the European Evaluation Helpdesk for Rural Development and Polish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. 

The workshop aimed at showing and discussing practical examples of evaluation approaches for assessing the socio-economic and sector related CAP Pillar II impact indicators and for answering the related Common Evaluation Questions (CEQ) in 2019.


This summary report describes the progress made by the Member States in implementing the RDP evaluation plans over the calendar year 2017. The summary is based on the screening of Chapter 2 of 115 Annual Implementation Reports (AIRs) submitted to the European Commission in 2018.

Discover articles on:

  • How evaluators in Slovakia are preparing and conducting the evaluation of impacts in 2019
  • The road towards a new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)
  • Overview of RDP evaluations in the Member States

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  • Assessing CAP Pillar II impacts in achieving the balanced territorial development of rural economies and communities. 

This working document compiles a selection of evaluation-related queries raised by the Member States between 2016 and 2018. Answers were prepared by the European Evaluation Helpdesk for Rural Development in collaboration with the responsible Commission services.  


This Working Document has been initiated on the basis of the existing glossary annexed to the European Commission – Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development (2017) Technical Handbook on the Monitoring and Evaluation Framework of the Common Agricultural Policy 2014 – 2020, hereafter referred as ‘DG AGRI (2017) Technical Handbook for the CMEF 2014-2020’. Moreover, it contains key terms related to evaluation developed by, or used during the European Evaluation Helpdesk’s Thematic Working Groups (TWGs).  

Discover articles on:

  • Assessing RDP Impacts in 2019: How to Choose the Most Suitable Evaluation Approach?
  • Communicating on Rural Development Programmes
  • Seventh Good Practice Workshop: Showing the Added Value of Leader/CLLD Through Evaluation

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  • Assessing CAP Pillar II impacts on the Sustainable Management of Natural Resources and Climate Actions

This report summarises the majour outcomes of the Good Practice Workshop, 'Showing the added value of LEADER/CLLD through evaluation', which was co-hosted by the European Evaluation Helpdesk for Rural Development and the Finnish Rural Network (NRN) and Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.

The workshop aimed at shaping a common understanding and definition of added value and its links with the LEADER/CLLD delivery mechanism and method, exchanging experiences among Member States, and discussing challenges and recommendations on possible evaluation approaches on how to show the added value of LEADER/CLLD.