Mid-term evaluation of rural development plans in Italy: comparing models
New Medit, vol 8, n.4, (December 2009), pp. 13-21
Jel classification: R110, R580
The paper comes from the observation that, although there are many evaluations of the rural development planning, there does not appear to be a similar number of studies and analyses of the evaluation itself and, in particular, studies and analyses of complex evaluations like those concerning the Rural Development Plans. On the basis of the contents of RDPs mid-term evaluations, the level of coherence of the evaluative practice in Italy will be examined, in relation with the methodological debate that has grown on the evaluation of programs as opposed to the EU Commission methodological prescriptions. On the basis of (meta) criteria, the aim of the work is to verify the methodological contents of the mid-term evaluation reports of 14 RDPs in the areas of the central-northern Italy, by analysing the evaluation processes rather than their outcomes. Through analyses and comparisons of these reports, the quality of evaluations is reconstructed.
meta-evaluation, evaluation, rural development plans