• Final evaluation of the project Development of the ENV.net in West Balkan and Turkey: giving citizens a voice to influence the environmental process reforms for closer EU integration
    Final evaluation of the project Development of the ENV.net in West Balkan and Turkey: giving citizens a voice to influence the environmental process reforms for closer EU integration
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    Client

    ENV.net & punto.sud

    Purpose

    Catalys was commissioned by ENV.net to provide an objective and evidenced assessment and evaluation of the network’s outputs, impact and the process of delivery.

    The ENV.net network was established to provide an open and constructive dialogue between environmental NGOs and national authorities in The Western Balkans and Turkey. This involved seeking to offer citizens the platform to influence environmental reforms in the prospective EU integration process.

    Working within the framework set by The Civil Society Facility (CSF), ENV.net developed a strategy to help strengthen the role of civil society in the EU enlargement process.

    The evaluation project was composed of a preliminary analysis of relevant documentation and literature. After preparing the research tools and analysis for the evaluation, we conducted field work with all network members and many wider stakeholders across The Western Balkans and Turkey.

    Outcome

    In meeting the needs of the client, the evaluation provided the following outputs. It has:

    • Used the learning from the evaluation to inform development of the next stage of the ENV.net, i.e., a successful application for follow-on support was made based on the findings of the evaluation and the new network commenced operation in 2017;
    • Built capacity of ENV.net participants and partners in relation to project effectiveness and impact and in evaluation in general; and
    • Reviewed the effectiveness of punto.sud in its administration / management role.

    ENV.net has been successful in establishing a platform for capacity building and knowledge sharing which is relevant and effective for those involved in environmental advocacy and engagement of CSOs in the environmental elements of the accession process. Some activities have been targeted directly on Chapter 27 negotiations and where the CSO representatives are already engaged with this process, such as in Serbia, this connection is apparent.

     

     

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  • Dumfries and Galloway Local Development Strategy
    Dumfries and Galloway Local Development Strategy
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    The following tasks were required for delivery of the Dumfries and Galloway Local Development Strategy:

    1. Collaboration with the LEADER LAG to develop and produce a draft Local Development Strategy and Business Plan 2014-2020 for Dumfries and Galloway based on the findings from the evaluation of LEADER 2008-2013 and the community/stakeholder engagement undertaken as part of this tender:

    • Draft Local Development Strategy for submission to Scottish Government – March 2014
    • Final Local Development Strategy and Business Plan for submission to Scottish Government – June 2014

    2. Provision of a programme of facilitated community and stakeholder engagement activities to inform the preparation of the Development Strategy and Business Plan 2014-2020. The programme involved a number of engagement methods including:

    • workshops
    • focus groups
    • open events
    • targeted events

    3.Engagement with a range of existing and prospective partners per discussion with the LAG:

    • Individuals
    • Communities – geographic and interest
    • Businesses
    • Strategic Partnership (CPP)
    • Public agencies
    • Third sector

    4.  An assessment of the findings from the engagement activities:

    •  Identify themes/priorities
    • Identify the potential for joint working
    • Consider the scope for partners to deliver actions in the Development Strategy
    • Ensure alignment with the Single Outcome Agreement

    • Funded by:

      LEADER Logo

      Contracted by:

      Dumfries and Galloway Council Link  Rocket Science Link

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  • Shropshire LEADER Local Development Strategy
    Shropshire LEADER Local Development Strategy
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    The aim of this project was to work collaboratively with transition Shropshire LEADER groups to develop a Local Development Strategy that ensures 100% rural coverage of Shropshire. There are areas of Shropshire that have never been covered by LEADER before and so a detailed consultation in these areas is necessary to ensure a representative and relevant LDS that effectively delivers an economically focused LEADER programme.

    The project delivered and LDS through an extensive process of options development and determination, based on the priorities identified in the evidence base analysis and tested through the consultation process.

    A key output of the project was to form a Shadow Local Area Group of key individuals who are representative of the area and are committed to the development of a forward looking LEADER programme.


    Commissioned by:

    DEFRA Link

    Funded by:

    LEADER Logo

    Partner Organisations:

    Rose Regeneration Link

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  • Ceredigion LEADER – Evaluation of the Cynnal y Cardi, Rural Development Plan Axis 4 delivery in Ceredigion
    Ceredigion LEADER – Evaluation of the Cynnal y Cardi, Rural Development Plan Axis 4 delivery in Ceredigion
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    To provide an evaluation of the Cynnal y Cardi Axis 4 projects in Ceredigion 2011-13;

    • Enhancing the Quality of Life in Ceredigion
    • Innovative Solutions to Childcare

    Cynnal y Cardi, the Local Action Group is a broad based local partnership covering all of rural Ceredigion with responsibility for development and delivery of the above two projects.  Cynnal y Cardi effectively works to the Adfywio Ceredigion Regeneration Partnership (ACR), which has acted as the umbrella body for Axis 3&4.

    Ceredigion identified two priority projects. Firstly, a broad based quality of life measure and secondly a project focused on childcare as a key tool in addressing worklessness.  Effectively targeted support for childcare can make a significant contribution to enabling adults, particularly women, to access the employment market.

    The project will provide an evaluation Report including key learning points, Forward Look, Case Studies, SROI assessment and Recommendations to inform LEADER  Local Development Strategy 2015-2020.


     

    Funded by:

    LEADER Logo

    Contracted by:

    Ceredigion County Council Link

    Partner Organisations:

    Rose Regeneration Link  Rocket Science Link

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  • Day of the Region
    Day of the Region
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    Day of the Region is an innovative project inspired by a similar project ‘Dag van de Regio’ carried out by Groningen LAG in the Netherlands. This transnational approach to project delivery and drawing on examples of good practice in Europe is a defining feature of this project.

    The project aims to showcase, celebrate and raise awareness of existing community activities through volunteer run community events. The project was managed by a Project Officer and steered by LAG members, other partner organisations and members of the community. A total of 22 communities were engaged in the project (including the pilot) over a period of 3 years.

    This project forms a significant part of the Dumfries & Galloway LEADER programme and, significantly, it has been steered and managed by the LAG. Whilst the LEADER programme has been subject to its own evaluation process, it is important to evaluate this project within the context of the wider programme and its aims.

    The purpose of this evaluation was:

    •  To carry out an assessment of the delivery of the Day of the Region Project
    • To undertake engagement with a range of participants in order to establish their experience of Day of the region
    • To provide an assessment of the wider EU, national and policy context within which the Day of the Region would fit with the Dumfries and Galloway LEADER 2014-2020 programme based on the findings of this commission
    • To identify structures for the delivery of the Day of the Region in the new LEADER 2014-2020 programme in Dumfries and Galloway

     

    Commissioned by:

    Dumfries and Galloway Council Link

    Funded by:

    LEADER Logo

    Partner Organisation:

    Rose Regeneration Link


    Download Publication:

    pdf Day of the Region Summary Evaluation Report 2014 (final)

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  • Balkan CSOs – Mid-term Review of Partnership Programmes for Civil Society Organisations
    Balkan CSOs – Mid-term Review of Partnership Programmes for Civil Society Organisations
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    Since the Enlargement Strategy 2007-2008, civil society development has been a reform priority in the EU agenda of enlargement. The objective has been to strengthen the role of civil society in the democratisation and reconciliation process while also supporting better communication of enlargement processes and mutual understanding between EU Member States and the candidate countries’ societies.

    In order to respond to the need of fully engaging civil society in the EU integration process, an overall strategy for supporting civil society has been developed in the framework of IPA under the Civil Society Facility (CSF). The CSF focuses on supporting Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), i.e. all not-for-profit, non-market and non-state organisations and structures in which people organise to pursue shared objectives and ideals.[1]

    The global objective for the CSF is:

    ‘To contribute to anchoring democratic values and structures, human rights, social inclusion and the rule of law, thereby supporting the EU integration process.’

    The specific objective is to achieve:

    ‘A more dynamic civil society actively participating in public debate on democracy, human rights, social inclusion and the rule of law and with capacity to influence policy and decision making processes.’

    In November 2012 the European Commission contracted 18 Partnership Programmes for CSOs under the CSF global and specific objectives. The aim is to contribute to achieving these objectives though the establishment of regional CSO partnerships that pursue shared objectives regarding good governance and the fulfillment of the political criteria for EU accession. Beyond the global and specific objectives, the call for proposals prioritised applications that addressed all of the following issues:

    1)  Strengthened capacity and efforts to provide analysis, advocacy and monitoring of key sector reforms at regional and national levels

    2)  Improvement of the environment for civil activism and state-civil society dialogue at regional and national levels

    3)   Improvement of the legitimacy, transparency and accountability of CSOs in the region

    Each of the 18 Partnerships Programmes targets a specific sector of relevance to the enlargement agenda. Individual Partnership Programmes have their own global and specific objectives reflecting this sectoral work while also showing a clear linkage to the global and specific objectives for the call for proposals as a whole. They fall into three broad categories as follows:

    • Governance
    • Social development, human rights and reconciliation
    • Environment, natural resources, energy

    The mid-term review (MTR) will assess the progress of the Partnership Programmes against the stated specific objectives as well as identify issues and recommend course corrections. In doing so, the MTR will assess each Partnership Programme both individually as well as collectively through an assessment of the portfolio of Partnership Programmes as a whole.

    The MTR will assess each Partnership Programme as well as the portfolio as a whole according to standard evaluation criteria:

    •  Relevance
    • Effectiveness
    • Efficiency
    • Sustainability
    • Network/linkages
    • Lessons Learnt
    • Recommendations

    Commissioned by:

    cardno

    Funded by:

    DG EU Enlargement Link

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  • Cheshire LEADER Local Development Strategy
    Cheshire LEADER Local Development Strategy
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    Our Cheshire LEADER Local Development Strategy is as follows:

    Consultation – contribute to the development of the stakeholder list of individuals and organisations, devise and hold a programme of stakeholder events (taking account of the increased emphasis for the new LEADER programme on jobs and growth), gather project opportunities and ideas, provide an overview of the LEADER approach and the issues linked to its mobilization.

    Evidence – collate the evidence arising from the evaluation, capture the main priorities for investment, gather the key messages arising, shape the evidence at sub-authority priority level.

    LDS Compilation – write up the results for inclusion in the LDS, make raw data available, contribute to the completion of the LDS.


    Commissioned by:

    DEFRA Link

    Funded by:

    LEADER Logo

    Partner Organisations:

    Rose Regeneration Link  Rocket Science Link

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  • Cardigan Bay FLAG Evaluation
    Cardigan Bay FLAG Evaluation
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    An evaluation of the Cardigan Bay Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG).  The FLAG has been supported through the “Animation, Communication and Evaluation Project”, which has an investment value of £108,359 and is funded through the Welsh EFF programme 2007-13.

    This evaluation will:

    • Provide an objective and evidenced assessment of the FLAG’s outputs, impact and the process of delivery;
    • Use the learning from the evaluation to improve delivery;
    • Build the capacity of staff, FLAG members in relation to review and evaluation; and
    • Review the effectiveness of the Lead Body.

    Given the client’s requirements and the wider context we are proposing a methodology that uses a mix of approaches, so that we can provide a rounded view of the FLAG’s achievements and “tell the story”:

    • Provide a robust picture of outputs and impacts;
    • Provide the opportunity for Stakeholders to share their views
    • Use approaches, such as Social Return on Investment and Partnership self-evaluation to gain the fullest possible picture of the outcomes of the FLAG Project
    • Run workshops with a cross section of stakeholders to ensure that internal and external views of the FLAG are understood and given due weight.

    Commissioned by:

    Ceredigion County Council Link

    Funded by:

    EC EMFF Link

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  • Croatia LAG training – LAGs as engines of development in rural areas
    Croatia LAG training – LAGs as engines of development in rural areas
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    This project provided programme, materials and lectures for the seminar ‘LAGs as engines of development in rural areas’ for the representatives of 30 LAGs. The seminar programme focussed on the role of LAGs in local development, why policy-makers focus on local development and how each LAG can become its own pole or hub of good practice.

    The seminar programme included the following thematic fields:

    Rationale for Rural Development

    Communicating Rural Development

    Facilitation – its key role

    Cooperation projects – the benefits and pitfalls

    The programme included presentations, case studies  and group activities

    A short Final Report was prepared by the Trainer after the seminar, to list perceived training needs and recommendations for further training/learning of the target group which participated at the seminar.

     


    Funded by:

    UNDP Croatia

    Contracted by:

    UNDP Croatia

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  • Appraisal of the proposed cooperation between Serbia and Sweden on preparations and implementation of the Environmental Approximation Strategy.
    Appraisal of the proposed cooperation between Serbia and Sweden on preparations and implementation of the Environmental Approximation Strategy.
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    Background – The Government of Serbia adopted the Environmental Approximation Strategy (NEAS) for membership in the EU in March 2012. This strategy will form the basis for accession negotiations in connection with the Chapter 27 (environment).

    The Serbian Ministry for Energy, Development and Environmental Protection, MEDEP, (earlier Ministry for Environment and Spatial Planning) and the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) were considering a two-year cooperation on capacity building for environmental accession negotiations.  SIDA required an external assessment of the proposed cooperation and its proposed areas of focus; i.e., support to development of the Directive Specific Implementation Plans, preparation of position paper and related documentation.

     Objective

    To support Sida in the assessment of the proposal and specifically provide guidance on what issues to address to MEDEP and SEPA during the coming agreement discussions.


    Commissioned By:

    sida

    Funded by:

    SIDA Logo

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