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

22-24/Oct/2014  •  Maastricht

Project Leader
Marco Lopriore
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Target group
Officials from central, regional and local government, programme officers and managers, as well as project managers and developers involved with the implementation of Structural Funds projects and programmes in either 2007-2013 or 2014-2020. The seminar is also open to economic and social partners involved in the Structural Funds process, such as NGOs, higher education establishments, and consultants.

This two-stage seminar consists of illustrated presentations, group discussions and workshops.
Stage 1 (Day 1) will deal with the essentials: the Evaluation Cycle, evaluation terminology and basic monitoring tasks, as well as looking at the basic methods used for conducting ex ante programme evaluations, evaluations during the programming period and ex post impact assessments of projects and programmes. It will consider the subject of quantifying programmes by generating indicators for projects and programmes. There will be exercises with indicators, priority-setting, result indicators and employment creation.
Stage 2 (Days 2 and 3) assumes that participants have the background knowledge of methods and concepts covered in Stage 1. There will be a recap of the essentials and a look at the Europe 2020 context for programming and evaluation activity. Keynote speeches will be delivered by the European Commission and expert consultants in the field. The European Commission will describe its new monitoring and evaluation conceptual framework, and what it sees as the particular challenges for Member States in the current and the next programming period.

Other areas of focus will be on:
• favoured best practice techniques in evaluation, including theory-based and counterfactual evaluations;
• key issues for ex ante, ongoing and ex post evaluations;
• the practical application of technical concepts;
• ex ante project appraisal techniques (with a basic introduction to cost-benefit analysis).

We will discuss the question of measuring job creation for ESF and ERDF/Cohesion Fund, and the difference between gross jobs and net jobs, deadweight, displacement, and multipliers. There will also be an exercise on using benchmarks for setting targets and financial allocations for the performance framework.

Learning methodology
There will be a series of presentations from regional practitioners, expert consultants and EC officials. Discussions and exchanges of experience are encouraged. Mini-workshops and exercises are used both to develop simulations of essential elements of evaluation and monitoring, and to provide a clear view of good practice in the key disciplines involved.

At the end of the seminar the participants should have a clear understanding of all the basic evaluation and monitoring requirements associated with EU cohesion policy. Participants should also have a quick general tool kit for undertaking programme and project appraisal, theory-based and counter-factual evaluations and the process of generating indicators and measuring performance.

*22 October 2014: The first stage is optional. It covers the basics of evaluation and monitoring, including the Evaluation Cycle, key evaluation methods and concepts, and the use of indicators for quantifying programmes. Please note that this first day will only take place if there is sufficient demand.