Synthesis of the findings of the evaluations of European Structural and Investment Funds Programmes
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This staff working document (SWD) provides an overview of the evaluations undertaken by the Member States and the Commission on the programmes supported by European Structural and Investment (ESI) Funds.
The stronger focus on results in the legislation for the 2014-2020 programming period reaffirms the value of evaluation as an important source of evidence on policy achievements and their underlying factors. Evaluation can indicate whether investments have been well designed, whether they are targeted to the objectives and whether they can deliver added value. As such, it can help improve policy design andimplementation in the future.
The 2014-2020 Common Provisions Regulation requires that programmes submitted for adoption are accompanied by an ex ante evaluation, in order to improve their design, and that evaluation plans are drawn up and submitted to the monitoring committees within a year of the programme'sadoption.
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