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From strategy to action:
project selection

Chapter 1
The various methods of project selection


1.3 The selection criteria


Analysing the practices adopted in the context of LEADER reveals a great diversity in the selection criteria used by the LAGs. These criteria, which are applicable to both the projects themselves and the project leaders, can be grouped into four categories:

  • "exclusion criteria" (if the project does not meet the criteria, it is excluded);

  • "classification criteria" (criteria enabling projects to be grouped according to value);

  • "assessment criteria" (these enable, for example, the project's possible viability and/or durability to be verified);

  • "orientation criteria" (depending on the type of project and its implementation status, intervention from LEADER is going to focus on immaterial aspects - training, technical assistance, a market survey, for example - or material aspects: contributions to investments).

Criteria may be quantitative (e.g. the number of jobs created) or qualitative (the level of innovation, quality of partnership, etc.). Once the invitation to tender has come to a close and all applications have been examined taking into account the quantitative aspects, the qualitative criteria will enable the LAG to make, if need be, the necessary readjustments.

Through the publication of invitations to tender, leaflets, brochures and information in the press, the LAGs generally explain in detail all the criteria adopted.


linked to the project linked to the project leader(s)
1 Positioning in relation to the area
(exclusion criteria)
  • pilot or innovative nature of the project
  • residence in the area
  • differentiation by area of establishment
2 Type of initiative
(exclusion or orientation criteria)
  • material/immaterial investment
  • productive/non-productive
  • individual/collective
  • multi-sectoral/sectoral
a) categories
  • if natural person: age, sex, socio-professional category
  • if legal person: collective, public, private operator
b) involvement in a collective approach
c) personal motivations
  • family context
3 Financial criteria
(exclusion or assessment criteria)
  • project cost
  • feasibility
  • profitability
  • financial contribution
  • self-funding ability
  • guarantee of solvency
4 Quality
(classification criteria)
a) submission of the proposal:
  • justifications
  • risk analysis

b) content:

  • coherence
  • feasibility

c) effects in relation to the area:

  • coherence with the strategic areas of development favoured by the LAGs
  • coherence with other types of intervention in the area.
a) ability to coordinate the project:
  • experience in the sector (know-how)
  • ability to mobilise means (financial and others)

b) quality of the partnership:

  • complementarity / synergies
  • cooperation with other entrepreneurs /work in network

c) compliance with quality criteria (training, standards, charters)

5 Impact in terms of development
(classification criteria)
a) direct effects on the area:
  • job creation
  • economic diversification
  • integration between activities and sectors (multidisciplinary)
  • social cohesion
  • revival of cultural identity
  • development and/or better use of local resources
  • reversal of situations of deterioration (environment, etc.)

b) indirect effects on the area:

  • demonstrativeness/multiplier effect

c) area readjustment

  • support for certain population types:
    • returning migrants
    • new project leaders
    • residents of underprivileged or less dynamic areas

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