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.
How will it help you?
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!
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 our previous participants said
“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”
“Ex post CBA, major projects, revenue-generating projects: Part 1, very useful!”