Strategic Programme evaluation published
20 Jul 2015

The strategic evaluation of the Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007-2013 is now completed and published by the Managing Authority/Joint Secretariat. It is directed to those who want to learn about past Programme achievements and to those who want to understand the expectations towards future achievements of the projects and the Programme. Next to a thorough analysis of projects finalised in 2007-2013, the evaluation comprises baselines and targets for projects in the programming period 2014-2020.

The latest part of the evaluation, carried out between February and June 2015, focuses on the aspect of institutional capacity building - the core aim of the Cooperation Programme Interreg Baltic Sea Region. A system has been set up to measure the projects’ impacts on institutional capacity. All projects under the recently started Programme will be expected to contribute to enhance institutional capacity in at least one of the five dimensions defined:  

  • Enhanced institutionalised knowledge and competence
  • Improved governance structures and organizational set-up
  • More efficient use of human and technical resources
  • Better ability to attract new financial resources
  • Increased capability to work in transnational environment

The evaluation gathered information on the state of institutional capacity in the Baltic Sea region in relation to the themes covered by the Programme as well as on the expected changes until 2023. This information will be used to add baselines and targets to the Programme’s result indicators.

The first part of the evaluation – published already in January – focuses on the use of project outcomes beyond the project lifetime. It describes the actual benefits of projects for their target groups and end-users. It presents ways of how projects have successfully reached their target groups. And thus it gives indications on how projects can create durable results. This analysis had a strong impact on the design of the new Programme. The aspect of how to reach the right target groups, including end-users and decision makers – will play a major role in evaluating project applications.

The strategic Programme evaluation was commissioned by the Managing Authority/ Joint Secretariat of the Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007-2013 in 2014. Following the same methodology, the evaluation of state of institutional capacities in the region will be repeated in 2018, 2020 and in 2023 to identify the progress made related to the Programme’s result indicators.

Find the evaluation report here.

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