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Evaluation and Monitoring of EU Structural and Cohesion Funds Programmes
Nearly 400 new Structural and Cohesion Funds programmes for the period 2021-2027 were agreed before the end of 2022 and are now being implemented. Member States have set up monitoring systems and many are still finalising Evaluation Plans for the new period. Are you aware of what the New Regulations say about the new monitoring and evaluation requirements?
Many programme authorities continue to conduct evaluations of their 2014-2020 programmes and projects, as well as planning evaluations for the 2021-2027 period. Are the managing authorities collecting the best possible monitoring and evaluation data? Are they aware of how to measure the impact of interventions and what evaluation methods to use – theory-based or counterfactual? Are they considering ex-post CBA?
Member State Recovery and Resilience Fund plans are being implemented rapidly. How do their monitoring procedures and data needs differ from Cohesion Policy?
What will you learn:
This face-to-face course in Prague is over 3 days:
- Day 1 deals with the new monitoring requirements, choice of programme indicators, data challenges and the new Performance Framework. Helena Barbořáková, a highly experienced Czech Ministry official, will assess the lessons learnt from 2014-2020 and the implications of the new requirements for programmes in 2021-2027.
- We will also review a selection of new Programmes and look at the Reporting template for the new Structural Funds programmes, highlighting the special link between finance and performance, and how will you report programme progress.
- We look at how RRF plans in Member States will be monitored and evaluated
- Days 2 & 3 examine the preparation of Evaluation Plans and how to conduct impact evaluations (and “evaluations during the programming period”). Dr. Vladimir Kváča, a leading evaluation consultant-economist, will help us plan realistic evaluations – ones that are useful for evaluation stakeholders. He will consider the appropriate timing of evaluation studies and the implications for data gathering. We will review the two recommended broad evaluation methods – theory-based and counterfactual evaluations – and the choices for project / programme evaluations on the ground.
- We will also describe how to complete an ex post cost-benefit analysis (ex post CBA) for infrastructure and other large projects.
At the end of the course, participants should have:
- A clear understanding of all the monitoring and evaluation requirements for current and future programmes; and
- A quick general tool kit for undertaking impact evaluations for projects and programmes
Workshops and exercises will be used to develop simulations of essential elements of evaluation and monitoring to provide a clear view of good practice in the key disciplines involved.
You are invited to send us your problems, issues and questions before the course, if you wish. We will do our best to address the problems/answer the questions during the course!
Who will benefit most?
- Officials from central, regional and local government, programme officers and managers involved with the implementation and evaluation of Structural and Cohesion Fund projects and programmes
- Project managers and developers
- Economic and social partners involved in Structural Funds and evaluation activities, such as NGOs, higher education establishments, and consultants.
Course venue – to be determined
Ms Rafaella Giussani
Tel: +31 43 32 96 372
The fee includes documentation, refreshments, lunches and a reception. Accommodation and travel costs are at the expense of the participants or their administration.
EIPA member fee
EIPA offers a discount to all civil servants working for one of EIPA’s supporting countries, and civil servants working for an EU institution, body or agency.
Who are the supporting countries?
Civil servants coming from the following EIPA supporting countries are entitled to get the reduced fee: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain and Sweden.
For all other participants, the regular fee applies.
Early bird discount
The early bird discount is not cumulative with other discounts or promo codes, except for the EIPA member fee.
Dietary preferences can be indicated on the registration form.
Confirmation of registration will be forwarded to participants on receipt of the completed online registration form.
Prior payment is a condition for participation.
For administrative reasons you will be charged €150 for cancellations received within 15 days before the activity begins. There is no charge for qualified substitute participants.
EIPA reserves the right to cancel the activity up to 2 weeks before the starting date. In that case, registration fees received will be fully reimbursed. EIPA accepts no responsibility for any costs incurred (travel, accommodation, etc.).
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|Monitoring, indicators and the Performance Framework|
|08.40||Registration of participants|
|09.00||Opening of the course and meeting the participants: introduction to the objectives and methodology of the course
Marco Lopriore, Expert, EIPA, Maastricht, Netherlands
Robin Smail,Visiting Expert EIPA and Consultant (UK) (former National Expert EC, and former Senior Executive within Evaluation Division, Scottish Enterprise)
|09.30||Monitoring and reporting project and programme progress, 2021-2027
|11.15||Workshop and discussion: indicators by sector
|12.15||Management Challenges for Member States in collecting and managing data
Ing. Helena Viktorie Barbořáková, Managing Authority, Operational Programme – Research, Development and Education, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, Czech Republic
|14.15||Management Challenges for Member States in collecting and managing data (contd).
Ing. Helena Viktorie Barbořáková
|15.00||Workshop: using benchmarks for the Performance Framework
|16.15||Measuring progress in Recovery and Resilience Facility compared to EU Cohesion
|17.00||Case study with RRF
|17.30||End of first day|
|Evaluations during the programming period|
|09.00||Evaluation and measuring impact, 2014-2020
|10.15||Exercise: evaluation questions – by sector
|11.15||Evaluation in the context of Programme Management
Dr. Vladimir Kváča, former Director-General, Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Prague (CZ), and former President of the Czech Evaluation Society
|12.15||Workshop: Managing evaluation studies, part 1:
|14.50||Workshop: Managing evaluation studies, part 2:
|16.00||Choice of methods and techniques: theory-based and counter-factual evaluations
|17.15||Workshop: Managing evaluation studies, part 3:
|18.00||End of second day|
|10.15||Workshop: Counterfactual Evaluations
|11.30||Preparing for and Managing Evaluation Studies
|12.20||Break-out groups: Preparing for and Managing Evaluation Studies
|14.10||WORKSHOP: assessing risk in projects
|14.40||Ex post cost-benefit analysis
|15.30||Ex post cost-benefit analysis (contd).
|15.45||Exercise with revenue-generating projects
|16.05||Course conclusions, evaluation feedback|
|16.15||Close of the course|
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Intensive, very relevant and useful to my area
Very good organisation and content
I loved Helena Viktorie Barborakova speech, so I would like more announcement which be similar to her speech but thank a lot for everything what I have heard
Excellent on participants’ engagement and contact with participants, sincere care given to knowledge transfer, some points very challenging, but that depends on the participants’ experience; in any case very useful and well thought, thank you!
A very good organisation of the seminar