Agriculture and rural development

Common monitoring and evaluation framework

Common monitoring and evaluation framework

Common monitoring and evaluation framework

The Common Monitoring and Evaluation Framework (CMEF) provides a single framework for monitoring and evaluation of all rural development interventions for the programming period 2007-2013. The CMEF establishes means for improving programme performance, ensuring the accountability of programmes and allowing an assessment on the achievement of established objectives.

The CMEF is laid down in a set of documents drawn up by the Commission and agreed with Member States. These documents were put together in a handbook which includes a series of evaluation guidelines and guidance fiches on the common indicators for monitoring and evaluation. The indicators are also included in annex VIII of Commission Regulation 1974/2006 laying down detailed rules for the application of Council Regulation 1698/2005 on support for rural development by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).


Guidance document


Annex 1 - General guidance


Annex 2 - Programming and measure guidance


Annex 3 - Indicator guidance


Annex 4 - Other guidance


Additional guidance

Working paper on Capturing impacts of Leader and of measures to improve Quality of Life in rural areas (07/2010)

Explanatory Notes to the Common Evaluation Questions & Recommendations on Mid-Term Evaluation Reporting (07/2010)

Working paper on the evaluation of National Rural Network programmes (07/2010)

Working Paper on the CMEF Gross Value Added Indicators (03/2010)

Working Paper on "Approaches for assessing the impacts of the RDPs in the context of multiple intervening factors" (03/2010)


Guidelines on the Mid-Term Evaluation of the Rural Development Programmes (07/2009)

Guidance Document on the Application of the High Nature Value Impact Indicator: Text - Annexes (11/2008)