Ex-ante evaluation services of Lithuanian programming documents for 2014-2020 EU structural assistance
The overall purpose of this assignment was to improve the quality of the planning process and implementation of EU structural assistance via the Lithuanian 2014-2020 Operational programme(s) . The assignment consisted of three components:
- evaluation of the EU structural funds management and control system in Lithuania in 2007-2013 and also in 2004-2006 (with the view to learn from past experience and suggest what could be improved when designing the management system for 2014–2020);
- ex–ante evaluation of the Lithuanian Operational Programme for EU Structural and Investment Funds 2014-2020;
- strategic environmental impact assessment of the Lithuanian Operational Programme for EU Structural and Investment Funds 2014-2020, as required by the EU directive and applicable national law.
Under this assignment, our expert team prepared three evaluation reports corresponding to each component as well as an integrated evaluation report. Moreover, we prepared a draft evaluation plan of EU structural assistance for 2014-2020 was developed, organized dissemination of the evaluation results, including through published materials and public events.
PPMI experts analysed the effectiveness of the EU structural funds administration system by taking into account such aspects as administrative costs, the administrative burden for project applicants and implementers, measures to reduce and simplify the administrative burden, and administrative capacity building of various institutions and beneficiaries This evaluation encompassed both project and programme-levels of EU structural assistance management. The conclusions were based on evidence gathered through desk research, interviews, surveys and expert panels.
Our expert team used the theory of change approach to the ex-ante evaluation of the Lithuanian Operational Programme for EU Structural and Investment Funds 2014-2020 and followed an evaluation process based on desk research, interviews with socio–economic partners, focus groups and consultations with decision makers. Moreover, we conducted macroeconomic modelling of potential EU Structural and Investment Funds effects on the Lithuanian economy.