Interim evaluation of two Programmes: Justice Programme and Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (2014-2020)

Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini (IT)
Lead Partner: 
2017 to 2018
  • Semi-structured interviews with beneficiaries and EC officials
  • Survey to applicants, beneficiaries and other relevant stakeholders
  • Webinars
  • Automated text mining techniques reinforced with machine learning algorithms
  • Social network analysis

The objective of the evaluation is assessing the main achievements of the 2014-2020 Rights, equality and citizenship (REC) Programme and Justice Programme and presenting recommendations aimed at enhancing their performance during the remaining years of the septennial programming, while providing suggestions for the next Programming Period.

The study covers: i) the regulations, intervention logics, and annual work programmes; ii) programme-related specific objectives (four for the Justice Programme and nine for the REC Programme); iv) all implementing measures such as action grants, operating grants, direct grants and procurement activities; v) projects funded by the Programmes at the time of the assignment.

The key component is the combination of desk research and fieldwork activities such as web-based survey, interviews and webinars aimed to compare the views of relevant stakeholders. The collected data is used to perform quantitative and qualitative analyses. On the quantitative side, the analysis provides perspective both at the Programme and at the project level, giving a granular view of the results of the Programmes. A social network analysis also performed to achieve a “bird’s-eye” view of the collaborations and networks. On the qualitative side automated text mining techniques are deployed to sift through the large amounts of data concerning individual projects.

Project under framework contract Supply of Impact Assessment, Evaluation and Evaluation related services in the policy areas under the responsibility of DG Justice and Consumers (Framework contract n° JUST/2015/PR/01/0003).