The international conference "Cohesion Policy 2014–2020: Towards Evidence Based Programming and Evaluation", which was organized by the Lithuanian Ministry of Finance and the European Commission's Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion took place on 4–5 July 2013 in Vilnius, Lithuania.
The conference discussions were held on programming and evaluation of EU Structural Funds in 2014–2020, including:
- new approach to the intervention logic and new requirements for programme monitoring and evaluation;
- methodological, organisational and procedural aspects of the evaluation of EU Structural Funds;
- results of ex-ante evaluations of operational programmes of the upcoming period.
This conference was one of the first Lithuanian EU Council presidency events. The conference brought together officials from Lithuania and other EU Member States, representatives of the EU institutions, responsible for programming, monitoring and evaluation of EU Structural Funds, representatives from academia, socio-economic partners and other stakeholders.
Please find here the conference programme, photos and conference summary.
Below you can find the conference presentations.
Plenary session 1
Result Orientation and Logic of Intervention in the Upcoming Programming Period
Results and Performance for Cohesion Policy – a Step Change for the Future
Veronica Gaffey, European Commission, DG REGIO,
Antonella Schulte-Braucks, European Commission, DG EMPL
Application of New Concepts in Programming: Lithuania's Experience
Ramūnas Dilba, Ministry of Finance, Lithuania
Stimulating Sustainable Growth Using Cohesion Policy: Realistic or a Holy Grail?
Dr. John Bradley, EMDS Consulting, Ireland
Plenary session 2
Role of the Ex-Ante Evaluation for Developing Operational Programmes
Ex-ante Evaluation of the EU Structural Funds: the New Challenges of 2014–2020
Haroldas Brožaitis, PPMI, Lithuania
Evidence-Based Programming – the Role of Ex-Ante Evaluations
Paul Casey, Welsh Government, Welsh European Funding Office, United Kingdom
Punctuated Equilibriums: the Added Value of the Ex-Ante Evaluator in R&D and Innovation Focused Operational Programmes
Dr. Derek Jan Fikkers, Technopolis Group, The Netherlands
Plenary session 3
Evaluation of Cohesion Policy after 2013: Need for More Robust Methods, Reliability and Availability of Data
The Ex-Ante Evaluator: Super Hero or Ordinary Mortal?
Prof. Michael Wiseman, The George Washington Institute of Public Policy, United States
Experience of Counterfactual Impact Evaluation in the CZ OP HRE, Case of Enterprise Support
Dr. Vladimir Kváča, Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs,
Dr. Oto Potluka, University of Economics Prague, Czech Republic
Network Analysis as a Method of Evaluating Support of Enterprise Networks in ERDF Projects
Tamás Lahdelma, Urban Research TA Ltd, Finland
Measurement Approaches for Evaluation: We Get What We Measure
Diana Eerma, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, University of Tartu, Estonia
Challenges of the New Programming Period for the Programming and Evaluation of Cohesion Policy
Programming (parallel session 4.1)
Evaluation (parallel session 4.2)
Programming for 2014–20 and the Implications for Performance
Prof. John Bachtler, European Policy Research Centre (EPRC), Strathclyde University,United Kingdom
Programming the Contribution of Culture for Economic Development and Societal Cohesion: in Search of the Theory of Change
Eglė Saudargaitė, Ministry of Culture,
Darius Žeruolis, ESTEP, Lithuania
Concept of Intervention Logic in Preparation of 2014–2020 Programmes – the Case of the Czech Republic
Lenka Sekyrova, Ministry for Regional Development, Czech Republic
Quality and Use of Results of EU Structural Funds Evaluation in Lithuania. Standards for EU Structural Funds Evaluation
Dr. Vitalis Nakrošis, PPMI,
Danutė Burakienė, Ministry of Finance, Lithuania
Can Participatory Evaluation Approach Trigger an Increased Demand for Results of Relevant Stakeholders in 2014+ Programming Period?
Krunoslav Karlovcec, Ministry of Economic Development and Technology, Slovenia
2003–2023 Brief History of Two Decades of Cohesion Policy Evaluation & Result Oriented Approach
Stanislaw Bienias, Evaluation Expert, IDEA forDevelopment, Poland