Beginning in June 2016, and each year following until 2024, the Member States shall submit to the European Commission an annual implementation report (AIR). The AIR provides information about the implementation of rural development programme, as well as the evaluation plan. The AIR submitted in 2017 shall also include the quantification of programme achievements, in particular through the assessment of the result indicators (including complementary result indicators), and answers to relevant evaluation questions.
The Evaluation Helpdesk has prepared the Guidelines “Assessment of RDP results: how to prepare for reporting on evaluation in 2017” with the objective of helping Member States:
The Guidelines - “Assessment of RDP results: how to prepare for reporting on evaluation in 2017” have been prepared in a user-friendly manual, which consists of three parts:
Moreover, this section provides recommendations on approaches for using result indicators in the evaluation of RDPs.
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.
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.
Download the Guidelines - “Assessment of RDP results: how to prepare for reporting on evaluation in 2017”
Download - Annex 11
 Regulation (EU) No 1305/2013, Art. 75
 The development and the practical use of the evaluation plan is described in detail in the Guidelines "Establishing and implementing the Evaluation Plan of 2014- 2020 RDPs”
 Commission implementation Regulation (EU) No 808/2014, Annex I, Point 9, and Annex VII, Point 2 and 7