Developing Performance Indicators for Rural Scotland: A Scoping Study

Scoping project assessing suitability of existing performance indicators to rural Scotland.

Annex Two: Scotland Rural Development Programme - Common Monitoring and Evaluation Framework

Types of Indicator in the EU Common Monitoring and Evaluation Framework 35

Baseline Indicators: Used in the SWOT analysis and the definition of the programme strategy ( Chapter 3). Two categories:

  • Objective related baseline indicators -These are directly linked to the wider objectives of the programme. They are also used as a baseline (or reference) against which the programmes' impact will be assessed.
  • Context related baseline indicators - These provide information on relevant aspects of the general contextual trends that are likely to have an influence on the performance of the programme. For example:
  • Labour Productivity
  • Water Quality
  • Economic development of non-agricultural sector

Input indicators: These refer to the budget or other resources allocated. They are used to monitor progress in terms of the (annual) commitment and payment of the funds.

  • Expenditure per measure.

Output indicators: These measure activities directly realised within programmes. For example:

  • Number of training sessions organised
  • Number of farms receiving investment support
  • Total volume of investment

Result indicators: These measure the direct and immediate effects of the intervention. For example

  • Gross number of jobs created
  • Successful training outcomes

Impact Indicators: These refer to the benefits of the programme beyond the immediate effects on its direct beneficiaries. For example:

  • Labour Productivity
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