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Evaluation of results and adaptation of EU Rural Development Programmes

Andersson, Anna LU ; Höjgård, Sören LU and Rabinowicz, Ewa LU (2017) In Land Use Policy 67. p.298-314
Abstract

The EU Commission highlights evaluations as important for improving common policies. But do evaluations actually contribute? This paper examines whether this has been the case for the EU Rural Development Programmes (RDPs). We investigate 1) to what extent evaluations have influenced the design of national programmes and 2) if they have affected the Rural Development Regulation on which national programmes are based. Our main finding is that evaluations do not seem to affect future policy to any discernible degree. This is the case for both national programmes and the Regulation itself, which seems to have evolved in response to external pressures. Partly, this may be because evaluations tend to give vague or too general... (More)

The EU Commission highlights evaluations as important for improving common policies. But do evaluations actually contribute? This paper examines whether this has been the case for the EU Rural Development Programmes (RDPs). We investigate 1) to what extent evaluations have influenced the design of national programmes and 2) if they have affected the Rural Development Regulation on which national programmes are based. Our main finding is that evaluations do not seem to affect future policy to any discernible degree. This is the case for both national programmes and the Regulation itself, which seems to have evolved in response to external pressures. Partly, this may be because evaluations tend to give vague or too general recommendations. Moreover, evaluations seldom apply counterfactual analysis, often because of a lack of data, implying that results may be methodologically questioned. Lastly, evaluations, and RDPs, are hard to locate and seldom translated from their native languages, impairing the possibilities of learning from the experiences of others.

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10.1016/j.landusepol.2017.05.002
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  author       = {Andersson, Anna and Höjgård, Sören and Rabinowicz, Ewa},
  issn         = {0264-8377},
  keyword      = {EU,Evaluation,Rural development programme},
  language     = {eng},
  month        = {09},
  pages        = {298--314},
  publisher    = {Elsevier},
  series       = {Land Use Policy},
  title        = {Evaluation of results and adaptation of EU Rural Development Programmes},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2017.05.002},
  volume       = {67},
  year         = {2017},
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