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It is important that the 2007-2013 Programmes are evaluated to ensure that the experience of delivering Structural Funds in Scotland provides a robust evidence base for the 2014-2020 Programmes.

The evaluation work covered the four 2007-2013 Structural Fund Programmes:

  • Lowlands and Uplands of Scotland (LUPS) European Social Fund (ESF);
  • LUPS European Regional Development Fund (ERDF);
  • Highlands and Islands (H&I) ESF; and
  • H&I ERDF.

The work has involved the following elements:

  • Technical Assistance - used to fund six evaluation projects;
  • Monitoring and Evaluation Group - a mixture of formal evaluations and learning lessons by exchange of evaluation and experience; and
  • Internal Evaluation - ensuring the MA review the performance of the 2007-2013 Programmes.

The findings from this work will be set out in an Evidence Base paper for the 2014-2020 Programmes. This paper will also provide a number of recommendations.