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SRDP 2014 - 2020 Monitoring and Evaluation

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SRDP 2014 - 2020 Monitoring and Evaluation

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

SRDP Monitoring and Evaluation Steering Group

What does the SRDP Monitoring and Evaluation Steering Group do?

The Steering group has been established to oversee the range of monitoring and evaluation activity which will help ensure that information is available in a timely fashion to not only meet the reporting requirements of the EC, but to inform future decisions on the programme.

Further information on the Steering Group can be accessed here.

Ex-Post Evaluation of the Scotland Rural Development Programme 2007-2013

In accordance with European Commission regulations, an independent ex-post evaluation of the Scotland Rural Development Programme 2007-2013 was carried out. The completed ex-post evaluation was then submitted to the European Commission in December 2016.

The report can be accessed here.