- Destinataire: European Commission, Directorate-General for Agriculture
- Partner: Metis GmbH
- Duration: 2008-2013
Through the European Economic Interest Group (EEIG) RurEval, AEIDL has joined forces with the Austrian company Metis (formerly ÖIR-Managementdienste GmbH) to facilitate the dissemination of good practices and the acquisition of skills in evaluating rural development programmes.
In January 2008, the European Commission's DG Agriculture commissioned RurEval to assist it in setting up and managing the helpdesk of the European Evaluation Network for Rural Development.
The purpose of this network of experts is to promote the use of evaluation in the development and implementation of rural development policies. It is expected to contribute to the introduction of best practices and to enhance skills in the evaluation of rural development programmes. The idea is to make greater use of monitoring and evaluation with a view to improving the design and implementation of rural development policies.
The network has a central point of contact (helpdesk) for collecting all information relating to evaluation. Located in the AEIDL offices, this "Evaluation Helpdesk" provides advice and support on evaluation methods and tools, as well as collecting data. It also supports the European Commission and the Member States in their activities relating to ad hoc evaluation reports.
The Evaluation Helpdesk consists of a permanent team located in Brussels, supported by some 20 experts based throughout the 27 Member States. These experts have specialist knowledge of evaluation and rural development measures and programmes. Thematic working groups have also been set up to examine and update know-how on key subject areas such as organic farming, impacts on the environment and employment, and evaluation of the LEADER approach.