Thematic Working Group 8 - Ex post evaluation of RDPs 2014-2020: Learning from practice
In 2019, for the first time during the 2014-2020 programming period Member States had to report on their RDPs’ contributions to the achievement of the EU’s policy objectives by evaluating the policy’s impacts. The findings of these evaluations were reported to the European Commission in the enhanced Annual Implementation Reports (AIRs) 2019.
The Evaluation Helpdesk has analysed the AIRs 2019 to identify major challenges and draw lessons for future learning. The main challenges identified through this assessment are related to:
- The conceptual understanding of definitions of indicators and methodologies for the calculation of result and impact indicators;
- The use of robust evaluation approaches and methods;
- The collection and management of data for evaluations;
- The assessment of net contributions;
- The quantification of secondary contributions, synergies and LEADER contributions.
To address these challenges and to better prepare for the ex post evaluation in 2024 the Evaluation Helpdesk in collaboration with thematic experts and DG AGRI have launched the Thematic Working Group, ‘Ex post evaluation of RDPs 2014-2020: Learning from practice’ at the end of February 2020.
The objectives of the Thematic Working Group are to:
- Address weaknesses in the assessment of RDP achievements and impacts;
- Improve the calculation of result and impact indicators;
- Tackle emerging issues in the assessment of priority areas (e.g. environment, climate, social indicators).
This Thematic Working Group will further serve as an important input into the future development of the monitoring and evaluation systems for the post-2020 period.
The Thematic Working Group will consist of three working packages each one related to one of the three CAP general objectives:
Each working package will encompass an overview of identified emerging issues and proposed recommendations for addressing those issues. These working packages will also be enriched with practical examples to illustrate how the identified issues have been addressed in different Member States.
To ensure that the Thematic Working Group meets the practical needs of the evaluation community ongoing consultations will take place with evaluation stakeholders through periodic Sounding Boards and other means of written feedback.
- Topic 1 - Percentage/share of rural population benefiting from new or improved services/infrastructures (2014-2020): This document specifically highlights issues related to the use of the common result/target indicator ‘Percentage of rural population benefiting from new or improved services/infrastructures (ICT)’ to measure the achievements under the Focus Areas (FA) 6B (Result/Target Indicators R23/T22) and 6C (Result/Target Indicators R25/T24) in the 2014-2020 programming period.
Working Package 1: Topic 1 EN (717.65 KB)
- Topic 2 - Jobs creation in rural areas (2014-2020): This document highlights issues related to the use of the common result/target indicator ‘Jobs created in supported projects’ to measure the achievements under the Focus Areas (FA) 6A (Result Indicator R21 and Target Indicator T20) and 6B (Result Indicator R24 and Target Indicator T23) in the 2014-2020 programming period.
Working Package 1: Topic 2 EN (853.84 KB)
- Topic 3 - Reporting on net contributions of socio-economic impact indicators: This document examines issue related to reporting from the AIR 2019 on net contributions of socio-economic impact indicators.
Working Package 1: Topic 3 EN (732.76 KB)
- Topic 4 - Quantification of LEADER/CLLD contributions and measuring their secondary effects: This document specifically highlights issues related to the quantification of LEADER/CLLD contributions and measuring their secondary effects in the 2014-2020 programming period.
Working Package 1: Topic 4 EN (837.49 KB)
- Working Document ‘Updated fiches for Complementary Result Indicators No 13, 14, 15, 18 and 19’: This document includes the updated fiches of the environment-related complementary result indicators for the period 2014-2020. These fiches have been updated by clarifying definitions of indicators and their units of measurement, updating data sources, adding additional information where useful and proposing simplifications in the methodologies.
Working Package 2: CRIs Fiches EN (1005.71 KB)
- List of complementary result indicators reported to European Commission in the AIRs submitted in 2019: These tables provide an overview of the reported values of complementary result indicators per Rural Development Programme, which Member States reported to the European Commission in 2019, via SFC. The indicator values were reported from the operations with primary, secondary and LEADER contributions.
CRI Values Reported in the AIR 2019 EN (114.08 KB)
- Working Document ‘Updated fiches for answering Common Evaluation Questions 11–14 for RDPs 2014-2020’: This document includes the updated fiches for answering Common Evaluation Questions 11 to 14 for the ex post evaluation of RDPs 2014-2020. These fiches have been updated by clarifying and updating data sources, clarifying methodologies to calculate gross and net values, proposing recommendations how to use indicators in the event of a lack of data and adding further examples and information sources.
Working Package 2: Updated CEQs 11-14 EN (1.53 MB)
- Working Document ‘Best use of FADN for the assessment of RDP effects on fostering the competitiveness in agriculture’: This document analyses selected evaluation related issues when using the Farm Accountancy Data Network (FADN) data for the assessment of farm competitiveness in agriculture.
Working Package 3: FADN EN (1.14 MB)
- Working Document ‘Evaluating RDP effects on competitiveness of agriculture in a changing context’: This document addresses challenges in preparing and conducting the assessment of RDP impacts in the ex post evaluation with consideration for multiple intervening, confounding or external factors related to a changing socio-economic, environmental or health context (as recently experienced) which may influence the intended programme effects.
Working Package 3: Context EN (1.19 MB)
- Working Document ‘Updated fiches for answering Common Evaluation Questions 4 and 6 for RDPs 2014-2020’: This document includes the updated fiches for answering Common Evaluation Questions 4 and 6 for the ex post evaluation of RDPs 2014-2020. These fiches have been updated by providing a non-exhaustive list of possible additional evaluation elements that Managing Authorities and evaluators may consider when preparing and conducting the assessment of competitiveness in agriculture.
Working Package 3: Annex 11 CEQs 4-6 EN (1008.52 KB)
- Working Document ‘Examples of evaluation elements for the assessment of RDP effects on competitiveness of agriculture’: This document provides a non-exhaustive list of possible additional evaluation elements (judgement criteria, result indicators, possible data sources) and a list of actions that Managing Authorities and evaluators may consider when preparing and conducting the assessment of competitiveness in the ex post evaluation when answering Common Evaluation Questions 4 and 6.
Working Package 3: Evaluation Elements EN (942.54 KB)
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Other information sources
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Evaluations in Member States (e.g. Austria)
Outcomes of the focus group discussion with selected participants representing Managing Authorities, evaluators, Paying Agencies, JRC and DG Agri organised on 28 April 2020.
Outcomes of the focus group discussion with selected participants representing Managing Authorities, evaluators, Paying Agencies, JRC and DG Agri organised on 23 April 2020.
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