Towards an Enhanced Evaluation of European Rural Development Policy: Reflections on UK Experience

Dwyer, Janet C ORCID: 0000-0002-2332-9832, Bradley, Dylan and Hill, Berkeley (2008) Towards an Enhanced Evaluation of European Rural Development Policy: Reflections on UK Experience. Économie Rurale. pp. 53-79.

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UK experiences in carrying out evaluations and in reviewing reports relating to the 2000-06 programming period for rural development have exposed weaknesses in harnessing the benefits that policy assessment might be expected to bring. These include problems of timely feedback, tensions between consistency and appropriateness in evaluation, significant methodological challenges in addressing key issues in performance, and important data and resourcing issues. Preparations for the latest (2007-13) programming period have attempted to improve at least some of these difficulties, although new risks are also apparent. However, some problems are inherent in the current structure of rural development programming and evaluation, at EU level. Analysis of potential solutions to these problems suggests that ultimately, a more long-term, qualitative and subsidiary approach would enhance the effectiveness of European RD policy evaluation.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > Countryside and Community Research Institute
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2014 14:00
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 21:27

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