About this course
Member States are now conducting evaluations of their EU Structural and Cohesion Funds projects and programmes. Have they collected the best monitoring data and do they know how to measure impacts? Which evaluation method should be used – theory-based or counter-factual? As new programmes for 2021-2027 are now being prepared and negotiated, are we clear about what the draft New Regulations say about monitoring and evaluation requirements?
This 2-day seminar is part of a longer 3-day (two-stage) seminar. You will join participants of the 3-day course, who will have already examined monitoring tasks, indicators and the Performance Framework in an introductory day. In this 2-day course:
- We will examine how to conduct “evaluations during the programming period”. Leading evaluation consultant-economists will focus on the two recommended 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.
- You will also learn how to manage evaluation studies, including preparation of the Terms of Reference, aspects of fieldwork, and typical live issues for your current / planned evaluations.
What you will learn in this course
At the end of the seminar, participants should have:
- a clear understanding of all the evaluation and monitoring requirements for current and future programmes; and
- 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.
You are invited to send us your problems, issues and questions before the seminar, if you wish. We will do our best to address the problems / answer the questions during the seminar!
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 and in 2021-2027
- 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 confirmed
Rezidence Dlouhá 17
110 00 Prague
Ms Nancy Vermeulen
Tel: +31 43 32 96 212
The fee includes documentation and refreshments, two lunches and a reception. 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.).
|Seminar: Evaluations during the programming period|
|08.45||Registration of participants|
|09.00||Opening of seminar: introduction, objectives and methodology of the seminar
Marco Lopriore, Expert, EIPA, Maastricht, Netherlands
|09.10||Evaluation and measuring impact, 2014-2020
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
|11.15||Exercise: evaluation questions – by sector (contd).
|11.45||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
|14.15||Workshop: Managing evaluation studies, part 1:
Jan Hněvkovský Director, Consultancy Company GovLab.cz, Prague
|15.10||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|
|10.30||Workshop: Counterfactual Evaluations
|11.30||Preparing for and Managing Evaluation Studies
|14.15||WORKSHOP: assessing risk in projects|
|14.35||Ex post cost-benefit analysis, major projects, revenue-generating projects
|15.45||Exercises with revenue-generating projects
|16.25||Seminar conclusions, evaluation feedback|
|16.30||Close of seminar|