In December 2017 a consortium led by PPMI commenced implementation of the service contract awarded by the European Commission's Directorate General for education and Culture, to carry out the evaluation of the European Heritage Label action. Established in 2011, this action is the most recent initiative of the EU in the field of cultural heritage. By establishing a European list of heritage sites that have played a key role in building and uniting Europe, it seeks to strengthen intercultural dialogue and European citizens’ sense of belonging to the Union. By 2017, the label was designated to 29 sites based in 16 Member States.
The aim of this interim evaluation is to assess the implementation of the European Heritage Label action in its first six years of existence, with a view of improving it in the upcoming period. The evaluation will be made against the criteria of relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, coherence and EU added value. In addition, this evaluation will seek to answer fundamental questions, such as whether the action is sustainable, whether its geographical scope should be widened and whether it should be continued.
The evaluation will be based on desk research, an online public consultation, interviews with stakeholders and focus groups on sites. Our partner in this evaluation is EDUCULT (Austria).