Research and analysis

Evaluation of the draft ESF operational programme 2007 to 2013

This looks at whether the draft programme is relevant, effective and likely to make a difference in terms of social and economic needs.


Ex-ante evaluation of the ESF convergence, competitiveness and employment operational programme in England 2007 to 2013

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This ex-ante (before the event) evaluation looks at whether the draft England Operational Programme:

  • is relevant – in terms of the activities to be undertaken in relation to the challenges and needs of the region/sector
  • is effective – in that there are clear objectives for the programme which can be realistically achieved within the constraints of the budget
  • will have an effect – whether the potential outcomes will “make a difference” in the medium to longer term in relation to wider social and economic needs