Training Course: “Monitoring, Indicators and Evaluation Plans for EU Cohesion Policy Programmes, 2021-2027”, April 25, 26 & 28 (EIPA, Maastricht)

New Structural and Cohesion Funds programmes for the period 2021-2027 have now been agreed and are being implemented. Many Member States are still 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?

Many 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 and evaluation data? Are they clear about how to measure the impact of interventions and what evaluation methods to use – theory-based or counterfactual?

Member State Recovery and Resilience Fund plans are being implemented rapidly. How do their monitoring procedures and data needs differ from Cohesion Policy?

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. Managing authorities must submit these Plans to Monitoring Committees within a year of programme approval. A leading evaluation consultant-economist will help us plan realistic evaluations – ones that are useful for evaluation stakeholders. We will focus on the timing of evaluation studies, the choices for project or programme evaluations on the ground, and 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.

Learn more here.