LEADER Impact Barometer

Piloting a tool that helps assess the impact potential and necessary points of improvement of LEADER projects, already during the project’s application phase.

Project summary: 

As part of an on-going research/evaluation project, two Swedish universities developed the LEADER ‘Effektbarometer’ (Impact Barometer). The tool helps assess the impact potential of LEADER projects and the necessary points of improvement already in the projects’ application phase. The impact assessment criteria are based on the analysis of 70 LEADER granted projects with a large budget, in 14 LEADER areas in Sweden, as well as other EU funded projects. 

Project results: 

Five Swedish LAGs are now using the tool to coach selected project holders to plan for stronger and longer-term impacts. The plan is to embed ‘impact thinking’ into future LEADER projects from the initial phases. 
The impact barometer is also expected to be used when discussing CLLD project plans with project applicants in the future.