Pick the measurements that count, monitor them and thrive. Strategy in 2014-20 drives the EU towards smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, based on eight specific and measurable targets in five principle areas – employment, education, research and development, energy and climate change, and the eradication of poverty and social exclusion. These will be the eight measurements that count. These will ultimately tell us whether the European Structural and Investment Funds have been used effectively, to reach the desired results and impact on people’s lives.
The monitoring and evaluation of these targets thus assumes a very important role, at all levels of the shared management of ESIF: from the European Commission, through the managing, certifying, audit authorities and intermediate bodies, down to the beneficiaries and final recipients. We have a crucial role in making sure that project selection is aligned with the OP objectives, implementation does not derail from agreed targets, indicators are being fulfilled, and results are achieved.
This course aims at delivering an exhaustive overview of the monitoring and evaluation techniques available to measure the performance of projects and Operational Programmes at any point in time – before, during and after. It provides a toolkit for any person involved in the management and control of ESIF-funded programmes and projects to understand what the regulatory requirement are, what data and information needs to be maintained, how to analyse such data, which evaluation methodologies to choose and how to interpret outcomes and results. A full day is dedicated to the monitoring of implementation and progress on programme outputs and result indicators through the annual implementation reports, management verifications and the Performance framework and Reserve. Another day covers all that is required for the evaluation of programmes and their impact on the target audience.