Measuring results

Measuring results

The European Commission's Directorate General International Cooperation and Development is responsible for implementing a large part of the EU's external assistance. In line with the Commission Juncker's overall policy, it has strongly enhanced its focus on results.

In March 2015, it presented the EU International Cooperation and Development Results Framework. It defines the quantitative indicators used for the collection, aggregation and presentation of the following three types of results data:

  1. Wider development progress made by partner countries, setting the context within which EU external assistance operates;
  2. Partner country results to which the EU contributed through EU-funded projects and programmes, demonstrating how the EU is contributing to development progress in sectors which reflect the EU’s development policy priorities;

  3. The European Commission’s own organisational performance with respect to international cooperation and development.

The data are drawn from international sources for the results indicating wider development progress of the partner countries, from the reports of the various partners implementing EU funded projects and programmes for the results to which the EU has contributed and from the European Commission's internal data for its own organisational performance.

To facilitate systematic results reporting and ensure coherence, methodological notes have been defined for the EU Results framework indicators. These notes describe what each indicator will measure, its relevance to EU policy priorities, main data sources, method of calculation as well as concrete examples.

After the publication of the First Report on Selected Results in July 2016, a dedicated chapter on results based on the EU Results Framework has been included in the "Annual Report by the European Commission on the implementation of EU’s instruments for financing external actions". The latest annual report is available here.

A revision of the EU Results framework is currently ongoing and will be finalised in the second half of 2018. The review aims to align the Results Framework with the EU and international policy context of international cooperation and development, following the EU priorities as set in the New Consensus on Development and the international objectives defined in the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.