Ex-post evaluation of ten 1994 - 1999 major projects
(12 September 2012)
All ten case study reports are already online in INFOREGIO. The final report with overall conclusions, lessons learnt and recommendations will be available soon.
The investment projects analysed were completed 15 – 20 years ago. They are in the transport (road, rail, seaports) and environment (water supply, waste water treatment, waste management) sectors, across five Member States: Port of Gioia Tauro (Italy); M1 Motorway (Ireland); Egnatia Motorway (Greece); Madrid Metro Line giving access to the Barajas airport (Spain); Mediterranean Corridor (Spain); Water supply in the city of Palermo (Italy); Urban solid waste treatment in Northern Lisbon (Portugal); Solid waste treatment in Galicia (Spain); Waste water treatment in Ría de Vigo (Spain); Dublin waste water treatment (Ireland).
This evaluation addresses the following Evaluation Questions:
- “What” (What long-term effects do these projects bring about?): On average, the cases under review point at uncontroversial direct contributions to economic growth and quality of life, while the strength of each type of effect can differ by sector (transport or environment) or project.
- “When” (When do long-term effects materialise and stabilise?): Overall, the majority of effects detected appear to have already stabilised.
- “How” (How do long-term effects materialise?): Determinant factors of project outcomes such as appropriateness to the context and managerial response generally positively contributed to the projects, regardless of the sector of intervention; another factor had an on-average negative effect (project governance). The infrastructural sector matters in particular as far as project design is concerned, with positive scores recorded on average for transport projects and negative scores for environmental ones.