Evaluation eLibrary

Total results: 28.

The Guidelines: Evaluation of LEADER/CLLD is a non-binding document, which serves to complement the legal requirements relating to LEADER/CLLD evaluations. The document clarifies the common elements related to LEADER/CLLD evaluations and gives a wider set of recommendations on how to formulate and manage LEADER/CLLD evaluations, both at the RDP and LAG levels. The Guidelines are drafted to be a practical, hands-on guide for LEADER/CLLD evaluation stakeholders. They include step-by-step recommendations on the process and available methodologies for the evaluation of LEADER/CLLD. The Guidelines are divided into four parts. Part 1 introduces LEADER/CLLD as part of the rural development policy and shows its links with other CLLD instruments financed by the ESI Funds. Part 2 explains the evaluation cycle at the RDP level and describes how to assess the contributions of LEADER/CLLD towards fulfilling the EU, national and RDP objectives. Part 3 provides recommendations for LAGs on how to conduct evaluation activities at the local level, and what support the MA, NRN and other stakeholders may provide to LAGs for this purpose. Part 4 is a glossary. 

Rural Evaluation NEWS # 7

Discover articles on:

The evaluation of innovation in RDPs 2014- 2020

Farm level indicators for new topics in policy evaluation

What evaluators in Latvia are learning from the 2017 AIR

Expand your knowledge of:

The policy framework for innovation


This study used firm-level micro data to estimate the productivity effects of investment support (measure 121). The recently developed Coarsened Exact Matching (CEM) method was used to model the selection bias attached to the assignment of support and to estimate the causal effects.



Discover articles on:

EvaluationWORKS! 2016 experiences from the Member States

Preparing the evaluation of innovation in RDPs 2014-2020

Fourth Good Practice Workshop: 5-6 December Bordeaux, France

Expand your knowledge of:

Evaluation at the local level

Good Practice Workshop Report, Bordeaux France

This report summarises the major outcomes of the Good Practice Workshop, “Targeted data management for evidence based evaluation of RDPs 2014-2020”, which took place on 5 - 6 December 2016 in Bordeaux, France. This Good Practice Workshop provided a forum for the discussion and exchange of practices used in different RDPs in 2014-2020. The workshop was hosted by the Region Nouvelle Aquitaine and was well attended by more than 60 participants.

This Good Practice Workshop provided a forum for Managing Authorities, Paying Agencies, LAG-representatives, data providers and evaluators, to:

- discuss the approaches for data management in RDPs 2014-2020;

- exchange on the availability and quality of the data to be used for the AIR to be submitted in 2017 and beyond;

- reflect about potential data gaps and bottlenecks in data management in order to find solutions to overcome them.

Case studies from France, Finland, Italy, Austria and Denmark were presented during this workshop and are summarised in this report.

Rural Evaluation NEWS Issue 5

Discover articles on:

Data management for evidence based evaluations

High Nature Value (HNV) Farming: survey results of Member States' approaches

New modules for EvaluationWORKS! 2016

Expand your knowledge of:

Annual Implementation Reports (AIRs)

LEADER/CLLD Evaluation: Laying the Conceptual Foundation of the Approach

The history of LEADER  and its evaluation is extensive and has grown progressively over the past twenty-five years. LEADER began as a pilot initiative in 1991 (LEADER I) and has evolved with numerous iterations (LEADER II, LEADER +) into a widespread, mainstreamed policy instrument used to support the development of rural areas across the European Union. 

The findings and recommendations of various LEADER evaluations proves that this policy tool has played a critical role in improving and developing the conceptual foundation of the LEADER approach. The path of LEADER evaluations conveys a particular story, one of institutional and societal learning. 

LEADER/CLLD Evaluation at a Glance

In the programming period 2014-2020 LEADER is implemented as part of Community-Led Local Development (CLLD). The CLLD strategies prepared and implemented through the LEADER method include the description of specific monitoring and evaluation arrangements. These arrangements are the basis for Local Action Groups (LAGs) to carry out the CLLD strategy’s monitoring and evaluation activities. This factsheet provides a brief understanding of the evaluation of LEADER/CLLD. 

This case study from Finland focuses on the evaluation of the impacts of EU rural development measures and programmes on climate stability at the macro level using a multi-regional dynamic partial equilibrium modelling approach.