Thematic Working Group 8 - Ex post evaluation of RDPs 2014-2020: Learning from practice

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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.