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Assessing the Impact of Rural Development Policies

Objective

The RuDI study will provide a thorough analysis of the design, delivery and impact of EU Rural Development Policy (incl. LEADER). The study combines quantitative and qualitative approaches starting with a critical review of the state-of-the-art in RD theory and the conceptual frameworks and approaches used in RD policy evaluation. In the study the Common Monitoring and Evaluation Framework (CMEF) and the underlying intervention and impact logics will be critically examined. The positive and negative effects of rural development policies on institutional, social, economic and environmental level will be identified and described in a set of carefully selected and framed case studies. The impact assessment will also include those impacts that have not been anticipated. The case studies will be representative of the structural differences that can be found in the characteristics of rural areas across the EU. Focus will be on different types and characteristics of territory, interrelations with RD programme priorities and measures, and an assessment of their 'hard' and 'soft' impacts. The comparative cross-national analysis of the case studies will provide a better understanding of driving forces in policy design, the strengths and weaknesses of different delivery and governance models, the positive and negative impacts of RD policies and, most importantly, a more convincing conceptual and methodological framework for evaluating RD policy. Consultations with RD policy actors and evaluators will ensure that the analyses are closely coordinated with the demands and possibilities of practitioners. The RuDI study will be concluded with recommendations for a more appropriate RD policy design, delivery, impact monitoring and assessment.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/sociology/governance

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

VEREIN FUER LANDLICHE STRUKTURFORSCHUNG EV
Address
Kurfuerstenstrasse 49
60486 Frankfurt Am Main
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 561 680
Administrative Contact
Peter Franz (Mr.)

Participants (9)

UNIVERSITY OF GLOUCESTERSHIRE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 382 510
Address
The Park
GL50 2RH Cheltenham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Chris Rayfield (Mr.)
ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI ECONOMIA AGRARIA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 261 616
Address
Via Nomentana 41
00161 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Alberto Manelli (Prof.)
WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 265 583
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ineke Driel, Van (Ms.)
ARISTOTELIO PANEPISTIMIO THESSALONIKIS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 127 766
Address
Kedea Building, Tritis Septemvriou, Aristotle Univ Campus
54636 Thessaloniki
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Christina Besta (Ms.)
BUNDESANSTALT FUER BERGBAUERNFRAGEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 190 445
Address
Marxergasse 2
1030 Wien
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Thomas Dax (Mr.)
UNIVERZA V LJUBLJANI
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 145 164
Address
Kongresni Trg 12
1000 Ljubljana
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Milena Prosen
NORDREGIO
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 260 576
Address
Holmamiralens Vaeg 10
11186 Stockholm
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jacob Boethius (Mr.)
MITTETULUNDUSUHING OKOLOOGILISTE TEHNOLOOGIATE KESKUS
Estonia
EU contribution
€ 184 987
Address
Tuglase 1-6
51014 Tartu
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Merit Mikk (Ms.)
USTAV ZEMEDELSKE EKONOMIKY A INFORMACI
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 137 536
Address
Manesova 75
120 00 Praha 2
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Vaclav Basek (Mr.)