Communicating on ERDF performance
using common indicators
using common indicators
**NEW** May 2020: COVID-19 specific indicators proposed
During 2020, many countries and regions will amend their ERDF and ESF programmes to transfer funds to actions targeting the COVID-19 response. Several programmes have discussed with the Commission their plans to add programmes specific indicators for new actions targeting the COVID-19 response to capture the outputs from expenditure.
In order to exploit programme specific indicators, which could be commonly applied across Member States, the Commission services proposed on 12 May 2020 a voluntary list of such indicators to the Member States, to be used when relevant. The use of the unique codes and names will allow the Commission to make use of the monitoring done by the cooperating programmes. A wide use of these codes and indicators would be highly valued for accountability, transparency and communication at the National and EU levels. It the programmes take up these specific indicators the targets will become available later in 2020 with the first reports of implementation due in May 2021.
- Planned: the target value set in the adopted programmes;
- Decided: the value from decided (selected) projects;
- Implemented: the value achieved (completed) by the selected projects.
Explore the progress over time with a common indicator
ERDF programmes are multi annual, running for up to 10 years. A programme may have thousands of projects starting and finishing at different times. The indicators provide a useful monitoring tool to look at progress towards the initial target at EU, national and programme level, across the project portfolio.
... with data available by Member State ...
Below you can see the country targets (planned), project pipeline (forecasts) and implemented values (achieved).
... and in more detail by programme.
Again use the filters to look at programme targets and progress by year.
The ERDF 2014-2020 : 52 common indicators (including sub sets) across multiple themes
How did we get to the current system?
- The broad findings of the 2000-2006 ex post evaluation (2010), which showed weaknesses in how many programmes set objectives and monitored progress in a way that could be a basis for any kind of success criteria or clear accountability;
- There was learning from the monitoring and administration of the core indicators 2007-2013 (introduced in 2009), cf. Strategic report (2013);
- The work of the High Level Expert Group 2010-2011 provided inspiration for the intervention rationale and monitoring system (especially outcome indicators). The work of the group found on this page with other deliverables such as this: https://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/sources/docgener/evaluation/doc/performance/outcome_indicators_en.pdf;
- During the development of the the Concepts and Recommendations paper (2015 - 2018 revision) there was a detailed consultation process with the Member States:
- First draft + Consultation in October 2011, followed by several iterations until 2013
- Pre-Final draft : October 2013 (widely shared with MS)
- Final document: March 2014 (after the adoption of legislation). The revision in September 2018 was linked to the adoption of the Omnibus regulation modifying the 214-2020 Common Provisions and Fund regulations.
Are there too many indicators?
- different stakeholders have different needs and some propose a broad range of indicators (many already available to them and specific to their region or Member State).
- Another explanation for the seemingly large number of EU common indicators is the very wide thematic scope of actions and sectors financed by the ESI Funds. For the ERDF for instance there are 46 common indicators. Is that too many?
Want to explore more resources?
- Find a synthetic presentation of key achievements for 2014-2020 on this webpage.
- Check out the 2014-2020 detailed achievements open data set with its metadata page (API enabled) and the common indicator metadata (definitions), which reflects the guidance and definitions for ERDF common indicators 2014-2020 (revised in 2018).
- Other ESI funds have dedicated guidance and definitions adapted to their focus and purpose. For 2014-2020 see the ESIF Open Data FAQ on achievements
- In 2018 the Commission published the results of a study on Development of a system of common indicators for ERDF and CF interventions post-2020
- European Court of Auditors special report No 2/2017: The Commission’s negotiation of 2014-2020 Partnership Agreements and programmes in Cohesion
- 2019 Study conducted for the EP Budget Control Commitee by CSES: Performance Indicators for Convergence in Regional Development - How reliable are they to ensure Targeted and Result-Oriented spending?
- The table below provides the full list of ERDF common indicators with end-2017 targets and achievement values.
- Find more #ESIFOpenData stories here.