Monitoring and Evaluation
Monitoring and evaluation are important elements of Rural Development Programme (RDP) planning, design and implementation. Evaluation is essential for correct assessment of the needs of rural areas, and is an important part of defining future programme strategy and making the best selection of RDP measures. Evaluation also allows the impact of the policy to be assessed and it supports efficiency in implementation. Monitoring is important for on-going assessment of programmes and provides data for timely adjustment of programme implementation. Monitoring and evaluation are particularly relevant in times of economic crisis when the need of efficient and effective use of public funds is increased.
In the 2014-2020 programming period, for the first time, a common monitoring and evaluation framework is set up for the whole CAP. Based on past experience, the European Commission is proposing to streamline the process of monitoring and evaluation of RDPs. The aim is to provide reliable and on-time data that allows proper assessment, follow up and, finally, improved implementation of RDPs.
Further information in relation to the monitoring and evaluation of RDPs and EU rural development policy can be found on the website of the European Evaluation Network for Rural Development and on the section of the European Commission website devoted to monitoring and evaluation for the CAP post-2013.
The ENRD produces RDP monitoring tables that show the progress achieved in terms of public expenditure and output indicators for EU RDPs 2007-2013.
Access relevant monitoring and evaluation resources drawn from the work of the ENRD, by clicking on the below buttons.
National Rural Networks evaluation and self-assessment
A selection of links to relevant work carried out by the ENRD covering NRN evaluation and self-assessment.
- Existing Tools Used by NRNs for Self-Assessment includes a set of practical self-assessment tools that are already being used by the NRNs
- NRN Self-Assessment Profiles informs about the general approach that selected NRNs have taken to self-assessment.
- Guidance on Design of Surveys, Questionnaires and Feedback Forms makes available some general guidance documents for NRNs on preparing surveys for collecting and assessing the views and opinions of stakeholders and participants in various networking activities.
- Looking Beyond NRN Self-Assessment is a section with links and publications that provide some useful sources of inspiration, methodology and lessons for NRNs which are interested to look beyond the standard self-evaluation process of NRNs’ activities.
- Potential Tools for Supporting NRN Self-Assessment is a collection of guidance documents provided for self-assessment of activities in NGO and socials change networks which contain practical examples and advice that could be also relevant to NRN self-assessment.
Links to relevant work carried out by the European Evaluation Network and the ENRD covering evaluation of LEADER and Transnational Cooperation (TNC).