Ongoing evaluation

Ongoing evaluation

According to art. 56 of Reg. 1303/2013 and recital 26 of Reg. 1299/2013, the ongoing evaluation is aimed at assessing Programme efficacy, efficiency and impact by analyzing several aspects relating both the managing/implementation and strategy levels. 
In addition to drawing conclusions and recommendations for improving implementation, the aim is to catch and valorize Programme results in terms of realizations (Programme/projects outputs and outcomes), of improved administrative capacities (referred to Programme bodies, stakeholders and beneficiaries), enhanced cooperation and networking capacities and practices along with thematic and strategic contribution to wider EU strategies.

Thus, ongoing evaluation activities of the Programme are focused on the following themes:

  • Effectiveness and efficiency of the Programme management system;
  • Effectiveness and efficiency of the Programme implementation;
  • A specific analysis on the system of indicators;
  • Efficacy of communication/dissemination activities and ability to reach target groups and ensure well-functioning communication flows in the cooperation area and among stakeholders;
  • Relevance, consistency and complementarity of Programme objectives;
  • Cross-border cooperation added value and networking capacity;
  • Thematic and territorial impacts of Programme implementation as well as contribution to EU 2020 targets.

In compliance with the provision of the Evaluation Plan approved by the Monitoring Committee in 2018 (and updated in 2020), an Independent evaluator was appointed and started its evaluation exercise that will end in June 2023.
In line with the evaluation specific objectives, tasks and evaluation questions, the evaluator is expected to develop the following deliverables:

  • Three Operational Evaluation Reports (in the years 2021, 2022, 2023) analyzing the effectiveness and efficiency of the Programme management system (including monitoring) and Programme state of play, the relevance, consistency and complementarity of Programme objectives, the efficiency of the communication strategy as well as cross-border added value and networking; 
  • Two Impact Evaluation Reports (in the years 2022 and 2023), the first giving evidence of standard and standard+ projects results and the second mainly focused on strategic projects and overall Programme results with specific reference to Programme thematic and territorial impacts along with its contribution to the EU 2020 targets; 
  • Three Additional evaluations for in-depth analysis on specific themes at Programme level and for feeding the preparation of the 2021-2027 Interreg Programme:
    • a territorial and socioeconomic analysis and report on the 2021-27 strategic territorial and thematic scenarios; 
    • an additional evaluation on Projects of limited financial volume/Small project funds; 
    • an additional evaluation on Simplified Cost Options (SCOs).