Online Course: “Monitoring, Indicators and Evaluation Plans for EU Cohesion Policy Programmes”, June 14-15 & 17 (EIPA, Maastricht)

New Structural and Cohesion Funds programmes for the period 2021-2027 are being prepared, agreed and implemented. Member States are setting up monitoring systems and writing Evaluation Plans for the new period. Are Member States clear about what the New Regulations say about the new monitoring and evaluation requirements?

Programme Authorities continue to conduct evaluations of their 2014-2020 programmes and projects, as well as planning evaluations for the 2021-2027 period. Are Managing Authorities collecting the best possible monitoring data? Are they clear about how to measure the impact of interventions and what evaluation methods to use – theory-based or counterfactual?As the recently publication of the 8th Cohesion Report concludes, Cohesion Policy is essential for the progress of the EU. We will highlight how best we can measure and report the progress and impacts of EU co-funded actions.

What you will learn?

This is a webinar over 3 days (mornings and afternoons). We will examine:

  • monitoring requirements, choice of programme indicators, data challenges and the Performance Framework. A Czech Ministry official will assess the lessons learnt from 2014-2020 and the implications of the new requirements for programmes in 2021-2027.
  • Programme and Reporting templates for the new Structural Funds programmes, highlighting the special link between finance and performance, and how will you report programme progress.
  • How the RRF plans in Member states will be monitored and evaluated
  • how to prepare an Evaluation Plan for the new period. A leading evaluation consultant-economist will help us plan realistic evaluation that are useful for evaluation stakeholders. We will focus on timing of evaluation works, the choices for project / programme evaluations on the ground and we will consider the implications for data gathering.
  • how to manage evaluation studies, including preparation of the Terms of Reference, aspects of fieldwork, and typical live issues for your current / planned evaluations.

How we work

Break-out groups, mini-workshops, exercises and videos will be used to develop simulations of essential elements of monitoring systems and evaluation plans, in order to provide a clear view of good practice in the key disciplines involved.

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