About this course
Member States are now conducting evaluations of their EU Structural and Cohesion Funds programmes. Are the programmes and Funds delivering Value for Money? What is monitoring data telling us and can we expect programmes to achieve their many objectives? How do we measure and understand the impacts? Which evaluation method should be used – theory-based or counter-factual?
This seminar examines these questions and others relating to the evaluation and monitoring of the Structural and Cohesion Funds in 2014-2020 and looks forward to changes for 2021-2027:
- how to conduct “evaluations during the programming period”. Senior evaluation consultant-economists with vast programme experience will focus on the two recommended evaluation methods – theory-based and counterfactual evaluations – and the challenges for 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.
- You will also learn how to manage evaluation studies, including aspects of fieldwork, and be aware of the typical live issues for your current / planned evaluations
- We review the evaluation and monitoring requirements for 2014-2020 and describe how these will change for 2021-2027
Please note that this 2-day seminar is also part of a (two stage) 3-day seminar. Day 1 (stage 1) of the 3-day seminar examines in detail: Structural Funds monitoring requirements, generating good indicators and using the Performance Framework. For participants of the 2-day seminar only, we assume you are already familiar with this material.
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 in 2014-2020
- project managers and developers
- economic and social partners involved in Structural Funds and evaluation activities, such as NGOs, higher education establishments, and consultants.
What you will learn in this course
At the end of the seminar, participants should have a clear understanding of all the urgent evaluation and monitoring requirements associated with current programmes. Participants should also have a quick general tool kit for undertaking impact evaluations for projects and programmes. 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.
Participants are invited to send us their problems, issues and questions before the seminar, if they wish. We will do our best to address the problems / answer the questions during the seminar!
Ms Nancy Vermeulen
Tel: +31 43 32 96 212
The fee includes documentation and refreshments. Lunches, a reception or dinner are included if mentioned in the programme. Accommodation and travel costs are at the expense of the participants or their administration.
EIPA offers a 10% 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, Sweden, United Kingdom.
For all other participants, the regular fee applies.
Lunches, the reception or dinner will be served at a restaurant in town. Special dietary requirements (e.g. vegetarian, diabetic) can be indicated once you receive the confirmation of the seminar.
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.).
|08.45||Registration of participants|
|09.00||Opening of stage 2 seminar:introduction, objectives and methodology of the seminar
Marco Lopriore, Expert, EIPA, Maastricht, Netherlands
|09.10||Evaluation and measuring impact, 2014-2020 and 2021-2027
Robin Smail, Visiting Expert EIPA and Consultant (UK) (former National Expert EC, and former Senior Executive within Evaluation Division, Scottish Enterprise)
|10.20||Exercise: evaluation questions – by sector
|11.30||Evaluation methods, issues and technical concepts
Dr Iain Jenkins, Director, EKOS Consultants, Glasgow, United Kingdom
|14.30||Workshop: Theory-based evaluation case study
Dr. Iain Jenkins
|16.30||Czech programme evaluation challenges
Dr. Vladimir Kváča, former president of the Czech Evaluation Society, Prague
|18.00||End of the day|
|09.15||Some hints for the choice of methods and techniques
Dr. Vladimir Kváča
|10.00||Workshop: Counterfactual Evaluation
Dr. Vladimir Kváča
|11.15||Quick inventory of the Counterfactual methods
Dr. Vladimir Kváča
|11.45||Conducting thematic evaluations in 2014-2020 and beyond: evaluation plans, preparing for studies, managing studies, using the results
Dr. Iain Jenkins
|14.15||Ex post cost-benefit analysis, major projects, revenue-generating projects
|15.35||Exercises with revenue-generating projects
|16.25||Seminar conclusions, evaluation feedback|
|16.30||Close of seminar|