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Evaluation of EU cohesion policy helps to:

  • Improve the effectiveness and efficiency of programmes
  • Provide information about the impacts of cohesion policy

Evaluation of cohesion policy is undertaken on a partnership basis, with Member States responsible for ex ante evaluation and the European Commission for ex post evaluation.

The European Commission:

  • Communicates the main achievements of cohesion policy.
  • Produces the 2013 and 2010 Strategic reports.
  • Publishes the evaluations undertaken by the Commission and Member States.
  • Provides guidance on the evaluation of EU cohesion policy, as well as broader issues linked to the evaluation of socio-economic development.
  • Coordinates exchanges of experience on evaluation..
  • Publishes an annual evaluation plan on EU regional policy.

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Exchanging experience on good governance

In the context of the DG REGIO study on "Multi-level governance in support of Europe 2020" two multi-lateral meetings will soon take as follows:

  • Governance in support of energy efficiency policies - Milan - 26-27 March 2014
  • Governance of social inclusion in urban areas - Stockholm – 1-2 April 2014

The study, funded by DG REGIO and carried out by a consortium led by Spatial Foresight, aims to generate lessons from policy experiences and to stimulate learning and exchange between regions. Four case studies will be presented at each of the multilateral meetings in the presence of other interested regions. More details on the background to the study and the multilateral meetings is available in the Inception report

If you are interested in participating in either meeting contact:

Evaluation guidance : EVALSED guide and sourcebook updates

The evaluation unit of DG REGIO published a revised version of the Evalsed Guidance on Evaluation our website and a new Sourcebook on Methods and Techniques. The Guidance takes account of the changes in the regulations for Cohesion Policy in the 2014-2020 period. The Sourcebook has new sections on Impact Evaluation - theory based and counterfactual - as well as new material on beneficiary surveys and regression analysis. Out of date elements have been deleted.


EVALSED Sourcebook

Jaspers Evaluation completed

The DG for Regional and Urban Policy commissioned an evaluation of the JASPERS initiative which has now reported its main findings and recommendations.  AECOM (Ireland) carried out the 1 year long evaluation using a mix of database analysis, case studies, in-country workshops and interviews with Member States, Commission and Jaspers staff.  The evaluation covered the 6 years from Jaspers' inception until 2011. The key findings are that the JASPERS initiative has proved to be of substantial value to Member States in the development of projects and applications for funding, that there continues to be strong demand for its services and also that the greatest potential to improve project quality is when JASPERS is involved at the strategic stage, and where JASPERS support helps Member States to develop their project planning capacity. 




Regional Focus paper on Counterfactual Impact Evaluations now available online

The latest Regional Focus paper, "What are counterfactual impact evaluations teaching us about enterprise and innovation support?" is now available online. This 16-page PDF report from the Evaluation Unit of DG REGIO examines over EUR 40 billion given to 235 000 firms under 12 support schemes in 7 different EU Member States. Effects are considered in terms of investment, productivity, employment and innovation.

The results show that SMEs have the most to gain from financial support, with an increase in investment and durable employment, although non-financial support such as advice and networking can be just as effective. It is hoped that these findings will inform preparation of the 2014-20 programmes.

The full paper can be downloaded here:

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