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ESIF 2014-2020: monitor, evaluate & report

September 5-7, 2017, Hilton Malta Hotel

Price: EUR 1,699 (incl VAT)


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Course Description

Pick the measurements that count, monitor them and thrive.  Strategy in 2014-20 drives the EU towards smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, based on eight specific and measurable targets in five principle areas – employment, education, research and development, energy and climate change, and the eradication of poverty and social exclusion.  These will be the eight measurements that count.  These will ultimately tell us whether the European Structural and Investment Funds have been used effectively, to reach the desired results and impact on people’s lives.

The monitoring and evaluation of these targets thus assumes a very important role, at all levels of the shared management of ESIF: from the European Commission, through the managing, certifying, audit authorities and intermediate bodies, down to the beneficiaries and final recipients.  We have a crucial role in making sure that project selection is aligned with the OP objectives, implementation does not derail from agreed targets, indicators are being fulfilled, and results are achieved.

This course aims at delivering an exhaustive overview of the monitoring and evaluation techniques available to measure the performance of projects and Operational Programmes at any point in time – before, during and after.  It provides a toolkit for any person involved in the management and control of ESIF-funded programmes and projects to understand what the regulatory requirement are, what data and information needs to be maintained, how to analyse such data, which evaluation methodologies to choose and how to interpret outcomes and results.  A full day is dedicated to the monitoring of implementation and progress on programme outputs and result indicators through the annual implementation reports, management verifications and the Performance framework and Reserve.  Another day covers all that is required for the evaluation of programmes and their impact on the target audience.

 
 
Course Highlights



i. Understanding the monitoring and evaluation requirements under the programmes co-funded from ESIF 2014-20, at EU and Member State level;

ii. Learning how the intervention logic provides the architecture for the performance framework, the setting of indicators and the measurement of results;

iii. Exploring the annual implementation reports and understanding how the performance of the management and control systems determine their validation and acceptance (or otherwise) by the Commission;


iv. Discussing the enhanced role of management verifications in the monitoring of data;

v. Understanding the Performance Framework and Reserve and how they relate to the success or failure of an OP;

vi. Analysing the techniques available for the evaluation of impacts, with particular emphasis on theory-based and counterfactual impact evaluations and cost benefit analysis, and understanding where and when to apply each;

vii. Understanding the monitoring and evaluation;





 
 

Target Audience
Managing Authorities, First Level of Control Bodies, Intermediate Bodies, Certifying Authorities, Audit Authorities, Central Coordination Bodies, Monitoring Committee, Central or Regional Ministries, officers/managers dealing with monitoring and evaluation.

 

 

One-day EUfundingGOZO expedition included

We take the theme over to Gozo for a one-day expedition to discuss prevention, detection and reporting in the context of the projects implemented on the island of Gozo throughout the 2004-06 and 2007-13 programming periods. The course theme is coupled with visits to ERDF, CF and LIFE projects scattered across Gozo, starting from the Cirkewwa Ferry Terminal, crossing to the Zewwieqa Waterfront in Mgarr, up to the Ggantija Temples in Xaghra, visiting projects in Victoria, and finishing off in Dwejra to discuss the LIFE project.

This is a great opportunity to feel the difference EU funding has made to the small Island of Gozo over the last 10 years and at the same time understand the underlying technicalities that occurred ‘behind-the-scenes’.

 


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Our Trainers

Ray Bartolo
Director - Speaker

  • Ten years of practical experience in the management and control of European Funds
  • Involved in the implementation and closure process of the Maltese 2004-06 Structural and Cohesion Funds Programme
  • Contributed significantly towards the setting up of the financial management and control systems of the ERDF, CF and ESF Operational Programmes for the 2007-2013 Programming Period
  • Responsible for the implementation of the ERDF and CF Operational Programmes for health, transport, education, urban regeneration and technical assistance
  • Served as National Expert and Coordinator on the CEF coordination committee for transport, Environment and the Telecommunications sectors
  • Prepared Procurement Manuals for a number of Maltese Government entities
  • Drafted and evaluated different types of procurement procedures, including concession contracts
  • Provided strategic guidance and project management services to various beneficiaries of EU-Funding
  • Delivered several training sessions and seminars on financial, programme management and public procurement to participants coming from MA, CA, AA, IBs, Beneficiaries, and other stakeholders from all around Europe
  • Masters graduate in Public Policy from the University of Malta

 

Trevor Fenech
Director – Speaker

  • Former Senior Manager at the Managing Authority for Structural and Cohesion funds
  • Past experience in ERDF, ESF, CF, EAGGF and FIFG programmes
  • Strongly involved in the design, implementation and monitoring of the management and control systems for the 04-06 and 07-13 financial periods, including eligibility rules, financial reporting to Management, the European Commission and the Monitoring Committee, management verifications, audits, financial corrections, and internal procedures
  • Carried out the closure process of the 04-06 Single Programming Document (SPD)
  • Delivered several presentations in the field of financial management of EU funds to the MA, CA, AA, IBs, Beneficiaries and TAIEX Beneficiaries
  • Engaged in major audit missions carried out by the EC, ECA and OLAF
  • Former nations delegate to the ESF Committee (Treaty of the Functioning of the EU, Art. 163).
  • Providing expert advise to the Maltese Government on PPPs and the conduct of the Competitive Dialogue procedure
  • Managing successfully a number of EU-funded projects
  • Masters graduate in Financial Management and Economics from the University of London

  

Justine Schinas
Senior Advisor – Expedition

  • Worked for the Managing Authority for Structural and Cohesion Fund since 2009
  • Experience on all Cohesion Policy funds being the ERDF, CF and ESF
  • Assisted in the closure of the 2004-2006 programme
  • Provided technical guidance to MA officials with regards to the implementation of EU Funded projects.
  • Carried out numerous verification and physical project checks, identified financial corrections and was involved in the setting up of operating procedures within the MA.
  • Highly involved in an audit missions carried out by the European Commission
  • Participated in Monitoring Committees, delivered presentations/training to stakeholders and MA officials, and participated in research work and compilation of data, particularly with regards to absorption issues.
  • Managed the implementation of large projects with budgets of close to fifty million.
  • Worked on the Technical Assistance (TA) Fund and was tasked with the role of TA Manager whereby she oversaw a team of officers working on this fund.
  • Responsible for a number of procurement procedures within the MA where she issued call for quotations and tenders. She also formed part of numerous evaluation committees.
  • Prepared successfully a number of ERDF and ESF Project Proposals
  • Masters in Business Administration from the University of Malta

 

 
Venue & Accommodation

Training Venue
Hilton Hotel – Portomaso St. Julian’s

The training course will take place at the Hilton Hotel - Malta, a 5-star luxurious hotel, in St. Julian's. Accommodation can be provided at the Hilton Hotel itself and other hotels in the vicinity.

Below please find special corporate prices for our participants.

 

Hotel
Price

Westin Hotel
EUR 215**

Hilton Hotel
EUR 200*

Intercontinental Hotel
EUR 170*

Hotel Valentina
EUR 130**

Hotel Argento
EUR 140**

Cavalieri Art Hotel
EUR 100**

Golden Tulip Vivaldi
EUR 86**

* room only basis
** bed and breakfast basis

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Valentina Hotel – Log on to www.hotelvalentina.com and enter the EUFUNDS promo code

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Cavalieri Art Hotel – send an e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and refer to EuropeanFunds.info in your e-mail.

Golden Tulip Vivaldi – send an e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and refer to EuropeanFunds.info in your e-mail. 

 

 
 

Useful Information

St Julians

How to get around

Upon arriving at the Malta International Airport, you can get to St. Julian's by catching a taxi or the public transport system (Bus number X2 which runs from 05550hrs till 2250hrs). Buses are quite frequent to St. Julian's.

If you are staying outside of St. Julian's, reaching the training venue is quite easy. The bus stops just further down the road from the Westin Dragonara Resort, which is only 5 minutes away.

 

Weather?

Weather in Malta

Malta has a typical Mediterranean climate with mild winters and warm to hot summers. THe warm season generally starts in Mid-April and ends in September with an average temperature of 20 degrees. Temperatures are between 20 to 30 degrees in July and August.

 

Food?

Local Cuisine

While the island offers a variety of culinary choices, one must not miss the opportunity to try some local, tasty dishes: the Lampuki Pie (fish pie), rabbit stew, Bragioli (beef olives), Kapunata, (Maltese version of ratatouile), and widow's soup. The Gbejniet (sheep or goat's cheese) and Bigilla, a thick pate of broad beans with garlic are an ideal started for your meal.

Don't leave Malta without trying the traditional 'pastizzi'which are flaky parcels filled with ricotta or mushed peas. Some fouvrite dessert delicacies are kannoli and the Helwa tat-Tork.

You should also try out some of our local wines, our local beer and "Kinnie", our local soft drink.

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Courses

 
Agenda

Day 1 – Tuesday 5th September 2017

0830-0900
Registration and distribution of training material
0900-0930
Introduction – Setting the objectives and expected outcomes
0930-1030
Monitoring and Evaluation in ESIF 2014-20 The first session explains the difference between monitoring of outputs and result indicators and the evaluation of results or impact and introduces the regulatory requirements for the ESIF 2014-20. [Key terms of the session: Monitoring, evaluation, reporting, Common Provisions Regulations, Fund-specific regulations, evaluation plan.]
1030-1100
Coffee Break
1100-1130
Output, Results & Financial Indicators in the context of the Intervention Logic An introduction to the Intervention Logic, starting with the identification of the development needs, the solutions, proposed action and the contribution to key programme indicators. [Key terms: Intervention logic, development needs, output and result indicators.]
1130-1230
Monitoring Tool #1A: Implementation & Progress Reports This session introduces the first monitoring tools for the 2014-20 programmes, with a deep insight into the Annual Implementation Reports, the strategic progress reports, the final report and any other monitoring reports used to supervise the efficiency and effectiveness of the management and control systems. [Key terms: AIR, Progress Reports, Final Report, management and control systems.]
1230-1400
Lunch
1400-1445
Monitoring Tool #1B: Management Verifications Beyond their crucial role in the monitoring of economy and efficiency of inputs outputs, management verifications of 14-20 OPs have an important role in ensuring programme effectiveness in the delivery of results.  This session explores how. [Key terms: performance management, internal control, quality of data, indicators, reporting.]
1445-1645
Monitoring Tool #2: Performance Framework and Reserve (WORKSHOP) ESIF 2014-20 is being delivered within the context of a strict performance framework, where priorities are implemented with well-defined objectives in mind.  Through this practical workshop we analyse the framework and its relationship with the Performance Reserve and the programme targets.

(Includes a 20-minute coffee break)]

1645-1700
Concluding remarks and wrap-up of Day 1



Day 2 – Wednesday 6th September 2017

0830-0900
Welcome coffee
0900-0930
Evaluation Tool #1: The Evaluation Plan, ex-ante and mid-term evaluations As an introduction to the role of evaluation, the second day kicks off with a brief introduction of the Evaluation Plan as the strategic document which will support the OP and the result-orientation approach of 2014-20, the role of evaluations prior and during the interventions, and the relationship between report commissioner and evaluator. [Evaluation planning, SWOT analysis, ex-ante and mid-term evaluations, thematic evaluations, clarity of terms of reference.]
0930-1030
Evaluation Tool #2A: Impact Evaluations: Theory-based (WORKSHOP) In the first of three sessions dedicated to impact evaluations, we analyse the methods which seek to answer “why” and “how” an intervention works.  Practical examples are provided throughout. [Key terms: Why, How, For whom, theory of change, methods, timing of evaluations, ex-post.]
1030-1100
Coffee break
1100-1130
Sourcing data for Evaluation: Data management in the 2014-20 programmes The quality of an evaluation is a function of its base data.  In this programming period, where performance is predominantly measured on results rather than absorption, data management plays a crucial role.  This session studies the data requirements in this programming period. [Key terms: Data, micro-data, e-Cohesion, personal data, sensitive data, data protection.]
1130-1230
Evaluation Tool #2B: Impact Evaluations: Counterfactual (WORKSHOP) The second technique for impact evaluation seeks to answer the question “does the intervention work?”.  This session analyses the methodology applied and in which situations, through case studies and a practical workshop. [Key terms: Does it work, cause-and-effect models, supported vs non-supported beneficiaries, homogenous interventions, large number of beneficiaries, timing of evaluations, ex-post.]
1230-1400
Lunch
1400-1500
Evaluation Tool #2C: Impact Evaluations: Ex-ante and Ex-post Cost Benefit Analysis for infrastructural projects (WORKSHOP) The final session on impact evaluations is a workshop to introduce the role of Cost Benefit Analyses in assessing the potential and actual economic impact of an intervention, with particular reference to infrastructural projects. [Key terms: infrastructure, major projects, revenue-generating projects, financial and economic costs and benefits.]
1500-1530
Other qualitative Evaluation Models and Techniques Various other data collection and evaluation techniques may be used to complement the main methods discussed above.  Here we give a brief overview of some of them, citing their main attributes, advantages and disadvantages. [Key terms: Surveys, Expert Panels, Focus Groups, Interviews, SWOT Analysis.]
1530-1645
The role of the European Commission in Monitoring and Evaluation of ESIF Programmes – ex-post evaluations and training (with CASE STUDY) The final session revisits the role of the European Commission in the monitoring and evaluation of the ESIF programmes, also reviewing procedures and outcomes from evaluations from past programmes. [Key terms: Progress reports, EU-wide evaluation, EU2020 targets, capacity building.]
1645-1700
Concluding remarks and wrap-up of Day 2


Day 3 - Thursday 7th September 2017 - EUfundingGozo Projects Expedition

Stop1
CF 198 - Cirkewwa || Ferry Terminal
Stop2
ERDF 31 - Zewwieqa Waterfront || Mgarr
Stop3
ERDF 32 - Ggantija Temples
Stop4
discussing ERDF 24 - Villa Rundle Gardens & CF1.1.0.2 - Mgarr-Victoria link
Stop5
ERDF 142 - Eco Museum|| Victoria
Stop6
ERDF 246 - Cittadella Masterplan
Stop7
ERDF 140 - Ta' Pinu Basilica
Stop8
LIFE - Dwejra

September 5-7 || One-day EUfundingGOZO expedition included!


This three-day course explores the monitoring, reporting and evaluation instruments available to the MA, IB, CA, AA and EC to assess the progress in implementation of the Programmes and their impact on the Union Strategy of Growth and Jobs.

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