Measuring the impact of the RDP - Paul Keating


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Measuring the impact of the RDP - Paul Keating

  1. 1. Measuring the impact of the Programme Croke Park, Dublin 01/12/2009 Paul Keating Rural Development support Unit Tipperary Institute Building Alliances in Agriculture and Rural Development Conference
  2. 2. Why measure the Impact? <ul><li>It’s a Requirement </li></ul><ul><li>Accountability for Public Funds </li></ul><ul><li>Strengthen and Develop the Programme </li></ul>
  3. 3. Big Picture Challenges at EU level <ul><li>Constituency and coherence at EU level </li></ul><ul><li>Scale and Disparity of Data involved </li></ul><ul><li>Analytical complexity in attributing cause and effect </li></ul>
  4. 4. Practical Challenges at Programme Level <ul><li>Multiple sources and systems for Data management </li></ul><ul><li>Considerable Effort required in data collection and recording </li></ul><ul><li>Changes to the programme </li></ul><ul><li>Timing!!! </li></ul>
  5. 5. Emerging context <ul><li>Mid Term Evaluation 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasis on the demonstration of Value for Public Money </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Both Nationally and by the European Court of Auditors </li></ul></ul><ul><li>2013 is approaching! </li></ul>
  6. 6. Measuring the impact of Axes 3 and Axes 4 <ul><li>Clarity, Consistency and Completeness </li></ul>
  7. 7. Measuring the impact of Axes 3 and Axes 4 <ul><li>Clarity, Consistency and Completeness </li></ul>
  8. 8. Overall Indicators for Axes 3 Indicator Measurement Baseline Target         Importance of rural areas per cent population in rural areas 59 per cent 59 % Farmers with other gainful activity Sole holders-managers with other gainful activity as percentage of total number of farm holders (sole holders-managers) 42 per cent of farmers are part-time 50 % Employment development of non-agri sector Employment in secondary and tertiary sectors (2 ndry & 3 ary ) 93 % of those employed are in (2 ndry & 3 ary ) 96 % Economic development of non-agri sector GVA in secondary and tertiary sectors 97.4 per cent GVA 98 % Self-employment development Self-employed persons 16.9 % of persons at work, employer or own account worker 20 %
  9. 9. Where are the Indicators? <ul><li>Document - Record </li></ul><ul><li>RDP - Department IT systems </li></ul><ul><li>LAG Plan - LAG Records </li></ul><ul><li>Project Proposal - Project Records </li></ul>
  10. 10. Challenges – Institutional <ul><li>36 independent organisations administrating a complex component of a much larger programme </li></ul><ul><li>Recently reconstituted multi-programme LAGs </li></ul>
  11. 11. Challenges – logistical <ul><li>Information Management System at LAG level </li></ul><ul><li>Verification (Proof) </li></ul><ul><li>Project Tracking </li></ul><ul><li>Analysis of External Factors </li></ul>
  12. 12. Challenges – Technical <ul><li>Do the Indicators demonstrate the value added by the LEADER approach? </li></ul><ul><li>How do you measure the output and impact of animation? </li></ul><ul><li>The system must work for LAGs and the Departments </li></ul>
  13. 13. Develop a Culture of Impact Evaluation
  14. 14. Some conclusions <ul><ul><li>The Programme Must be compliant </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Common Monitoring and Evaluation Framework. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Regulations </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>National Guidelines </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Focus on Axes 3 and 4 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Measurement/proof is an ever present issue </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Impact Evaluation/Value Added will be key terms </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Address the measures and the method </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>New and complementary indicators need to be developed. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Monitoring External Factors will be Key </li></ul></ul>