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Rural Evaluation NEWS Issue 4

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  • LEADER/CLLD Evaluation
  • The 9th Expert Group on Monitoring and Evaluating the CAP
  • Second Good Practice Workshop: 7-8 June in Bonn, Germany

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  • The conceptual framework of LEADER/CLLD evaluation

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. 

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  • High Nature Value (HNV) farming
  • The synthesis of ex ante evaluations of RDPs 2014-2020
  • Sharing experiences related to the ex post evaluation 2007-2013

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  • The key features of HNV

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.

Rural Evaluation NEWS Issue 2

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  • Assessment of RDP results
  • The European Evaluation Helpdesk’s first good practice workshop
  • Preparing for the evaluation of NRNs
  • New evaluation methods
  • Yearly capacity building events

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  • Self-assessment vs. evaluation
  • EU data sources linked to the types of indicators

The evaluation plan (EP) is a new element within the rural development monitoring and evaluation system for the programming period 2014-2020, and is a formal requirement for Rural Development Programmes (RDP). In previous years programme authorities have used various planning tools to structure, manage and steer the evaluation of their Rural Development Programmes, to strategically build-up evaluation capacity, and to ensure that necessary prerequisites are in place for the assessment of the results and impacts of rural development interventions. The evaluation plan of 2014-2020 provides an opportunity to build up on existing experiences in planning of evaluation and sets the corner-stones for the Rural Development Programme’s evaluation system.

Discover the first issue of our electronic newsletter and read

  • Intro by Commissioner Hogan

and also about

  • The Team supporting the evaluation of the CAP
  • The European Evaluation Helpdesk
  • The Expert Group on Monitoring and Evaluating the CAP
  • The first Capacity Building event organised in Portugal
  • The first Thematic Working Group launched!

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  • Evaluation-related queries
  • The CMEF and the CMES
  • What's next at the Evaluation Helpdesk?

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.


These guidelines focus on the mandatory elements which should be addressed in all the ex ante evaluations. However they should not be seen as exhaustive. There may well be additional issues linked to an individual programme or territory, which a Managing Authority may wish to include in order to gain the most from the ex ante exercise. Where this is the case, Managing Authorities are encouraged to expand the scope of the ex ante to meet their specific needs.