Why we need to monitor and evaluate?
In order to ensure that the SRDP 2014 -2020 provides the greatest benefit to Scotland for the funds that are available, it shall be subject to a thorough monitoring and evaluation programme.
To fulfil this, it is helpful to identify a clear set of overarching principles which will help guide the activity and help achieve its objective. The following principles underpin the Scottish Government’s evaluation plan:
- Proportionate: the scale of the monitoring and evaluation activity on different parts of the programme needs to be appropriate to the size of the different elements within the programme.
- Diverse: different techniques will need to be deployed for monitoring and evaluating different aspects of the programme. Therefore a one-size-fits-all approach is not appropriate.
- Timely: ensure the monitoring and evaluation activity is undertaken at the right time in order to inform programme managers/Ministers/stakeholders of the impact and effectiveness of the programme.
- Targeted: linked in with the need for the monitoring and evaluation activity to be proportionate, it should also be targeted on capturing whether the programme is delivering on the policy priorities. The more clearly defined the strategic objectives of the programme, the easier it will be to focus on whether these objectives are being achieved.