Interim evaluation of the Lifelong Learning Programme 2007-2009
The interim evaluation of the EU Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP) had two main objectives: (a) to provide a retrospective analysis of the qualitative and quantitative implementation aspects of the LLP including an analysis of the results achieved and (b) to conduct a prospective analysis for a draft proposal of the European Commission on the continuation of the Lifelong Learning Programme in 2014-2019 that was tabled in the first semester of 2011. The assignment covered the entire content of the LLP, with all its sub-programmes and actions, over the period 2007-2009. The evaluation addressed the relevance, coherence, effectiveness, efficiency, cost-effectiveness and European added value of the programme. It examined the strengths and weaknesses of the current Programme and was used as an evidence base for the Impact Assessment. The evaluation team developed recommendations on how the Programme design could be strengthened in the forthcoming programming period and how the implementation during the remainder of the current Programme period could be improved. The report recommended introducing common types of actions across the sub-programmes: mobility, partnerships/networks and accompanying actions (such as policy support) for further streamlining the programme. The findings and recommendations were supported by a large-scale survey of the programme beneficiaries (individuals and institutions), LLP national agencies and relevant national authorities, as well as interviews, case studies, synthesis of national reports, and analysis of monitoring data.