Participants of the workshop

European Evaluation Helpdesk for the CAP

As part of the EU CAP Network, the Evaluation Helpdesk’s mission is to ensure the effectiveness of CAP evaluations by specifically assisting managing authorities, national CAP networks, paying agencies, evaluators and the European Commission on a range of related needs, from conducting ex-ante and ex-post evaluation of the CAP strategic plan to assessing specific objectives and types of interventions. It also analyses the implementation of CAP interventions by EU Member States and disseminates useful monitoring and evaluation practices among the EU CAP Network. 


The Evaluation Helpdesk’s activities are designed to help the EU CAP Network’s stakeholders better understand how to assess the CAP’s performance and how it could be improved in the future. To achieve this, the Evaluation Helpdesk offers:

  • Support in planning and assessing CAP monitoring and evaluation activities carried out by Member States;
  • Methodological guidance in evaluating the performance of the CAP based on solid evidence;
  • Capacity building for different evaluation actors to strengthen their abilities and understanding of good practices;
  • Communication and knowledge-sharing on the latest CAP evaluation developments alongside the publication of evaluation reports and best practices;
  • Networking opportunities to further guide and support EU Member States and the European Commission in monitoring and evaluation-related activities.

Good Practice Workshops

Good Practice Workshops are meetings open to evaluation stakeholders to exchange experiences on a specified topic, provide a forum for discussion, lessons learned and to identify and assess approaches to improve evaluation practice.

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Thematic Working Groups

The European Evaluation Helpdesk for the CAP organises Thematic Working Groups to find practical solutions to specific issues related to the evaluation of the Common Agricultural Policy. Each group typically includes members of the Evaluation Helpdesk’s permanent staff as well as selected external experts with relevant knowledge.

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Evaluation Publications, Tools and Guidelines

The Evaluation Helpdesk produces a range of publications, guidance, trainings and tools to support the EU CAP Network in all their monitoring and evaluation needs.

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EU level CAP evaluation framework

The EU level evaluation framework captures the possible data sources for the EU level interim evaluation of the CAP to assess the effectiveness, efficiency, relevance, coherence, and Union added value of the CAP Strategic Plans.

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Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Framework (PMEF)

The PMEF supports the shift in the CAP's focus from compliance with rules to performance and results. This new performance-based delivery model uses a set of common performance indicators.

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Evaluation Knowledge Bank

The Evaluation Knowledge Bank provides insights into various outputs developed in initiatives and projects at the EU and Member States levels concerning data infrastructures and data use. Furthermore, it proposes a quick guide on potential use, showing how these outputs could be used for CAP monitoring and evaluation.

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European Evaluation Helpdesk for the CAP
Rue Belliard 12, 1040 Brussels, Belgium
+32 2 808 10 24

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