Ex ante evaluation of Germany’s Strategic Plan for the Common Agricultural Policy of the European Union
For the next period of the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy after 2020 the member states have to draw up national strategic plans. This project, designed as a formative evaluation, supports the drafting process in Germany.
While much has yet to be decided about the Common Agricultural Policy’s next period, a crucial reform regarding its implementation on national level has already taken shape: The member states have to draw up strategic plans.
These plans have to demonstrate how the member states plan to use the allocated EU funds to contribute towards achieving the CAP objectives. They have to address both CAP pillars, i.e. direct payments and sectoral programs as well as rural development measures.
In Germany, the drafting process faces the challenges to integrate the rural development programs designed at regional level and to consider the Länder competences in implementing rural development measures.
This project serves as a formative evaluation of the strategic plan, supporting the drafting process at federal level. The responsible authorities can immediately use the evaluation results while developing the strategic plan. Furthermore, a summary of the evaluation’s main results is a mandatory annex to the final strategic plan.
The ex ante evaluation follows guidelines issued at EU level. While the proposal for the strategic plan regulation (COM/2018/392 final) outlines a broad framework, the European Evaluation Helpdesk for Rural Development offers additional guidance.
The ex ante evaluation involves three steps. It examines
The first two steps are conducted for each CAP objective. Key assessment criteria are completeness, relevance, plausibility and coherence.
Regarding sources and methods, the focus lies on the analysis of documents related to the strategic plan. These will be examined in light of previous evaluations, relevant literature and expert knowledge. Additional analyses are considered where appropriate. These may include model calculations or analysis of data retrieved from responsible authorities at federal and Länder level.
6.2020 - 12.2021
Project status: ongoing