The NRN Self-Assessment Toolkit
This on-line Tool-kit allows users to monitor the progress and assess the performance of the networking activities typically undertaken by NRNs using a range of different approaches, techniques and practical “tools”.
Self-assessment is not an obligation. It is a voluntary activity for network managers and network members that want to understand if their network is working fully and effectively towards its objectives. The main focus of NRN self-assessment is to measure and assess the outputs and results of networking. As such it differs from the evaluation which in line with Council Regulation (EC) No 1698/2005 has to be carried out by independent evaluators in order to provide judgement on the effectiveness of interventions according to their results, impacts and the needs they aim to satisfy. Evaluation examines: the degree of utilisation of resources; the effectiveness and efficiency of the programming; the socioeconomic and environmental impact as well as the contribution to the achievement of Community priorities.
ENRD carried out its own self-assessment. The ENRD self-assessment started in December 2012 and the main report was finalised by October 2013. The self-assessment was carried out with contributions from colleagues of the ENRD Contact Point and DG AGRI services in charge of the European Network for Rural Development. Further, in-depth case studies (based on the main findings of the report) were carried out from the end of 2013 until March 2014.
- What is network & networking?
- The mandate of the European Network for Rural Development
- The challenge of evaluating networking
- Lessons learnt about the ENRD
- Lessons learnt about networking
- Lessons learnt about network assessment and self-assessment.
You can begin exploring the Self-Assessment Toolkit by clicking on one of the buttons below.
Brief description of the structure, content and purpose of the NRN self-assessment toolkit. More
Examples of the approach that selected NRNs have taken to self-assessment (with key supporting documents). More
Practical examples and advice about existing and potential tools for NRN self-assessment. More
Potential inspiration for more advanced approaches to assessing the results (or even impact) of NRN activities. More