Evaluation has long been an obligation for EU funded projects, not only to comply with conventional accountability procedures of public expenditure but also to improve policies and programme performance. The UIA Permanent Secretariat together with Ecorys developed a significant knowledge base on this topic, available online.
We focus here on a less explored aspect of evaluation: how to measure the added value of integrated territorial development, and more specifically:
- What methodologies have cities used to measure the added value of multi-sectoral approaches and, to what extent was it possible to assess the interrelation between indicators from different realms (social, environmental, cultural, economic)?
- How did being a UIA project encourage comprehensive and joint monitoring and evaluation of results and to what extent did the involvement of different stakeholders/citizens influence the project and does this come through in added value?
- Did the project have a method for measuring the territorial added value of the project?
The way to structure and undertake analysis for an evaluation is summarised in the chapter on ‘Evaluation Approaches’ on the UIA web site. Designing the intervention logic of the project, choosing reasonable baseline and target indicators, and collecting data, all these aspects are reported and discussed through real-life examples stemming from UIA cities.
The particularity of the Integrated Territorial Development approach lies in its multifaceted character, combining four principles, as illustrated in the graphic below.
Challenges for evaluating so many dimensions may appear off-putting and over-complex, but many UIA projects undertook complex evaluations often with the support of academic partners.