Performance monitoring 2011-2013 of the EU programme for employment and social solidarity PROGRESS 2007-2013

The aim of the project was to:

  • Provide assistance to the European Commission in monitoring and reporting on the performance of the European Union Programme for Employment and Social Solidarity PROGRESS 2007-2013. This included providing assistance to the programme contractors and beneficiaries on the setting-up of their own monitoring mechanisms and systems.
  • Provide guidance and advice to the Commission on possible improvements of the performance monitoring system to increase the efficiency and performance of the programme as well as efficiency of its performance monitoring system.

This project therefore concerned the timely gathering and analysis of accurate information (qualitative and quantitative) at the level of outputs, outcomes and processes of the programme against the performance indicators defined in the Monitoring Framework. The concrete activities included:

  • Gathering qualitative and quantitative information from the contractors, beneficiaries and other stakeholders (including the Annual Survey);
  • Carrying out desk research of both primary and secondary data soruces;
  • Drawing conclusions from the analysis of the above mentioned data sources in order to report on the programme's performance; and
  • Providing technical assistance to PROGRESS contractors and beneficiaries on the setting-up of their own monitoring mechanisms and systems in order to ensure consistency, availability and adequacy of data.

Two major deliverables that were produced by the project team each year included the Annual Performance Monitoring Reports 2011-2013 of the EU Programme for Employment and Social Solidarity PROGRESS 2007-2013 and Reports on Possible Improvements 2012-2013. This contract covered the last three years of the programme's implementation (i.e. 2011-2013) and determined the extent to which the PROGRESS programme has delivered the expected results.

The performance monitoring covered all EU Member States and other participating countries and encompassed all relevant actors and beneficiaries via a large-scale Annual Survey of the programme's stakeholders, including the PROGRESS Committee, different policy committees, national authorities and public bodies, key EU civil society organisations, as well as the programme's contractors and beneficiaries.

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