In July 2018, Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture (DG EAC) of the European Commission entrusted PPMI to carry out a study supporting the evaluation of the Education, Culture and Audiovisual Executive Agency (EACEA). Evaluation is now successfully completed and submitted to the Client, together with a set of specific policy recommendations suggesting how the performance of the Agency could be improved.
The EACEA is one of the six EU executive agencies in the European Commission. It is one of the EU’s oldest Executive Agencies, having operated since 2006. At the end of 2017, the EACEA managed Creative Europe, Erasmus+, Europe for Citizens, EU Aid Volunteers and the Pan-Africa programme, as well as some projects of legacy programmes dating from the programming period 2007-2013.
Our study covered the period of the EACEA’s operation from 2015 to 2017, and evaluated the effectiveness, efficiency and coherence of the implementation of the parts of European Union programmes that are managed by the Agency. The evaluation did not focus on the operational achievements of these programmes. The study was informed by evidence gathered and analysed using both qualitative and quantitative research methods. This included extensive desk research and statistical analysis of administrative data and monitoring data from the EACEA; semi-structured interviews with officials from the EC and the Agency, as well as with beneficiaries of the Agency and with unsuccessful applicants; surveys of Agency beneficiaries, unsuccessful applicants and external experts contracted by the EACEA; and retrospective cost-benefit analysis. In addition, five case studies/focus areas were explored based on the data gathered, a SWOT analysis was undertaken, and comparative analysis and benchmarking was carried out during the evaluation process to compare the EACEA with other executive agencies.
Evaluation of the EACEA further strengthened PPMI’s experience in evaluating the performance of public sector organisations and their business processes. With the completion of the evaluation of the EACEA, our portfolio now includes evaluations of five out of six EU executive agencies (EACEA, ERCEA, INEA, REA and CHAFEA).