2-Stage Seminar: Evaluation and Monitoring of EU Structural and Cohesion Funds Programmes, 2014-2020

Date

18 Oct 2017 to 20 Oct 2017

Address

European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA)
O.L. Vrouweplein 22
6211 HE  Maastricht
Netherlands

Section

Global Europe

Event Location

Netherlands

Event Description

What is this course about?
EU Structural and Cohesion Funds will spend €350 billion in the 2014-2020 period. But will these Funds deliver Value for Money? Can we expect programmes to achieve their many objectives? How do we measure and understand the impacts? Will the key economic development problems have been tackled?

Stage 1 (day 1) will deal with the fundamentals: the Evaluation-Policy Cycle, evaluation terminology and concepts, monitoring/reporting tasks. We describe the basic methods used for conducting ex ante programme and project appraisals, evaluations during the programming period and ex post impact assessments of projects and programmes. The quantification of programmes using result and output indicators for projects and programmes will be examined. 

Stage 2 (days 2 & 3) assumes that participants have the background knowledge of methods and concepts covered in Stage 1.  The evaluation and monitoring requirements for 2014-2020 are outlined. A guest speaker from the European Commission will describe progress on Evaluation Plans, and the particular challenges for Member States in measuring impact. A senior evaluation consultant-economist will provide insight into our other areas of focus, including: 
•    theory-based evaluations, counterfactual evaluations;
•    other favoured best practice techniques in evaluation;
•    key issues for evaluations during the programme period and ex post evaluations;
•    conducting evaluation studies, aspects of fieldwork.
We will also examine ex ante project appraisal techniques (with reference to the new Major Projects application form and a basic introduction to cost-benefit analysis), as well as the Performance Framework and the Annual Implementation Report (AIR). 

How will it help you?
At the end of the seminar the participants should have a clear understanding of all the evaluation and monitoring requirements associated with EU Cohesion Policy. Participants should also have a quick general tool kit for undertaking impact evaluations and conducting programme and project appraisals. Mini-workshops and exercises are used both to develop simulations of essential elements of evaluation and monitoring to provide a clear view of good practice in the key disciplines involved.

Who will benefit most?
Officials from central, regional and local government, programme officers and managers, as well as project managers and developers involved with the implementation and evaluation of Structural and Cohesion Fund projects and programmes in 2014-2020. The seminar is also open to economic and social partners involved in Structural Funds and evaluation activities, such as NGOs, higher education establishments, and consultants.

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