In 2014, the Managing Authority/ Joint Secretariat of the Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007-2013 commissioned a strategic Programme evaluation. The interim report is now published. It analyses the project portfolio with regard to achieved results and produced outputs. In particular, the report names success factors as well as barriers toward including end-users and to rendering results and outputs durable beyond the project lifetime. The analysis furthermore included the capacity-building potential of projects as well as their contribution to the EU2020 Strategy and the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.
The evaluation clearly shows: The projects‘ strength lies in capacity building – be it institutionalising knowledge, improving governance structures or more efficient use of human and technical resources. „This is why the follow-up Programme, Interreg Baltic Sea Region, focuses on capacity building as main result“, says Ute Neumann, Manager of the Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007-2013 at Investitionsbank Schleswig-Holstein (IB.SH).
For the study, the evaluator Ramböll Management Consulting (RMC), carried out more than 100 interviews with project partners, end-users of project results and Priority Area Coordinators as well as Horizontal Action Leaders of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. The evaluators stressed that all interviewees highly appreciated the unique opportunities of the Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007 to 2013. „Interreg provided local, regional and national beneficiaries the chance to jump out of their daily business routines, to broaden their own perspectives and to look at own activities on a larger scale,“ explains Astrid Könönen of RMC.
Ramböll Management Consulting will conclude the strategic evaluation during the first half of 2015. The second part of the evaluation will assess the Baltic Sea Region after projects of the Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007-2013 are finalised and will identify targets for the successor Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme. The second part of the evaluation will be based on the interim report and as well as online surveys and interviews to be carried out during the coming weeks. Results are expected by June 2015.
Find the interim evaluation report here.