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Completed evaluations related to EEA and Norway Grants 2009 - 2014

Communicating results from evaluations and following up on findings is an important part of the evaluation exercise.

Here is an overview of completed evaluations and reviews which have been conducted under the funding period 2009-2014. Click on the links to access the main findings of the reports as well as the full final reports.

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Title Rapid Assessment of Research Programmes 2004-2009 and 2009-2014
Theme/sector Research within priority sectors/Bilateral research cooperation
Written by Coffey International Ltd.
Publication date November 2017
Main findings
  • The Grants are going beyond initial expectations in terms of impact. Researchers in beneficiary countries and donor countries are accruing substantial benefits through their collaboration. Grant recipients report added-value in a number of key areas, including increasing research competence and skills, to supporting know-how on how to develop larger funding proposals.
  • Donor project partners also reap significant benefits, including access to state-of-the-art facilities, new methodologies and networks, and enthusiastic and ambitious researchers who are keen to publish results
  • Grant recipients and donor project partners, are generally very satisfied with the collaborations supported through the EEA and Norway Grants. There is a shared strong impetus for partners to work together in the future.
  • The success rate of project teams supported by the EEA and Norway Grants in applying for EU funding appears to be high. 
Title Rapid Assessment Report - Increasing Roma Inclusion via the EEA and Norway Grants: results from Romania and Bulgaria
Theme/sector Several programme areas have been covered
Written by CREDA Consulting Ltd. / Blomeyer & Sanz
Publication date August 2017
Main findings
  • Beneficiary state authorities implement important programmes relevant to Roma inclusion in the sectors of health, children and youth at risk, justice and home affairs, culture and research. In addition, the Grants are the primary funding for civil society in the beneficiary countries
  • Overall, the relevant programmes focus on three Roma inclusion areas: 1)Empowering Roma – enabling Roma to change their own lives through education and training for work; 2) Enhancing the inclusiveness of institutions – securing rights, improving access to welfare services and participation in decision-making; 3) Fighting prejudice – among
  • Two main questions guided the assessment: a) What were the most significant results (outputs and outcomes) achieved? and b) Which types of interventions have worked particularly well and why?
  • The evidence gathered by the assessment outlines substantial visible achievements and processes of positive changes triggered by the reviewed projects.
Title Mid-Term Review of the EEA and Norway Grants 2009-2014
Theme/sector Several programme areas have been covered
Written by The Centre for Strategy & Evaluation Services LLP (CSES)
Publication date February 2017
Main findings
  • Many programmes will produce long-term impacts without further intervention.
  • The potential for impact is seen as greater in programmes with a specific focus, rather than attempting to address the full breadth of issues within a programme area.
  • The programmes deliver short term economic benefits in local communities where projects are implemented. As a by-product of investments in environmental protection, energy efficiency and public health, the support also have the potential to deliver long-term economic benefits.
  • The programme-based approach has improved the efficiency and the potential effectiveness of the Grants compared to the previous period, and has forged the opportunity for Donor Programme Partners to have a positive impact in the design and implementation of programmes.
Title Rapid assessment of EEA and Norway Grants’ support to gender programmes
Theme/sector Gender equality, Domestic and gender-based violence, Work-life balance
Written by NCG Norway
Publication date November 2016
Main findings
  • The Grants’ contribution to the overall funding for gender equality in some countries is low; however the Grants played a role in filling funding gaps. For example, the Grants enabled the expansion of work into certain geographical areas or support for specific target groups that had been underfunded or overlooked (such as ethnic minorities or rural areas).
  • Broadly speaking, the programmes have responded to beneficiary needs, such as the need for physical protection, legal/administrative recourse, or labour market participation.
  • Levels of effectiveness are often determined by how project interventions are combined. For example, (in difficult contexts) building the capacity of the police/judiciary leads to increased reporting of domestic violence/gender-based violence ONLY when coupled with research AND campaigns for the general public. 
Title Communication review for the EEA and Norway Grants 20019-2014
Theme/sector Communication
Written by Coffey International Ltd.
Publication date November 2016
Main findings
  • Several countries from Central and Eastern Europe perceive the requirements set out in the Regulations / Annex 4 as finite and intentionally do not carry out activities other than those explicitly listed therein. This means that there is scope to enhance the Regulations / Annex 4 to better meet their communications needs by including a clear, unambiguous explanation that the requirements are not intended to set limits to activities and that additional activities are encouraged.
  • All of the beneficiary countries have dedicated websites in national languages and in English. However, the study highlights great variability, particular at programme and project level, which undermines the effort of showing the impact the Grants have in a consistent manner.
  • There is a lack of consistency in the monitoring and evaluation frameworks, which translates into a lack of consistency in the presentation of the information provided across the beneficiary countries.
  • One of the main challenges to perceptions and awareness-levels relates to the confusion with EU Structural Funds.
Title Mid-term Evaluation of the support to Strengthened Bilateral Relations under the EEA and Norway Grants
Theme/sector Several programme areas
Written by COWI A/S
Publication date August 2016
Main findings
  • Stakeholders in programmes and projects confirm the positive experience of working towards common results. Such mutual experiences have a higher effect on bilateral relations than more traditional ways of providing external support.
  • Stakeholders in both donor and beneficiary countries have increased their knowledge and mutual understanding of the partners’ culture and institutions. 73% of survey respondents strongly agreed that awareness, attitudes and trust had increased through the EEA and Norway Grants 2009-14. Several strategic stakeholders state that both programmes and projects open doors at the political level. 
  • Continued cooperation and development of networks are significant, particularly via projects with grant support for partnerships in research programmes. The development of international and EU networks are supported under the Grants where the funding is an important facilitator for the first international cooperation for both parties. 76 % of survey respondents from projects expect that they will continue the dialogue and cooperation with partners in future - well beyond the projects’ completion. 
Title Study on Roma inclusion in the EEA and Norway Grants
Theme/sector Roma inclusion
Written by PITIJA, Svetovanje d.o.o.
Publication date  June 2016
Main findings
  • There is evidence of a significant increase in the number of Roma NGOs successfully applying for EEA and Norway Grants, compared to the previous Financial Mechanism. 
  • High-quality project partnerships have been formed in some of the larger projects between Project Promoters and local NGOs. 
  • Regarding institutional capacity on Roma inclusion; the emphasis on mainstreaming the Roma inclusion concern has produced some positive effects on institutional awareness and raised the profile of Roma inclusion concern. This is in particular relevant for those state institutions which do not feature Roma inclusion as a key part of their remit.
  • The EEA and Norway Grants are well suited to fund innovative or pilot approaches with potential for scaling up or mainstreaming
Title Review of Decent work and Tripartite dialogue
Theme/sector Decent work and Tripartite dialogue (Norway Grants programmes)
Written by Nordic Consulting Group A/S
Publication date  February 2016
Main findings
  • The Global Fund for Decent Work and Tripartite Dialogue has improved practices and social dialogue structure and increased understanding of Decent Work principles.
  • 97% of the promoters considered that their projects had concrete effects on their own organisations, and 84% on improving relations to other social partners.
  • Overall, a higher level of trust, inspired by the Nordic Model, has been created between bipartite partners.
  • The programme has strengthened bilateral relations at institutional level.
Title Mid-term evaluation of the cultural heritage sector under the EEA Grants 2009-2014
Theme/sector Cultural heritage
Written by Centre for Strategy and Evaluation Services
Publication date November 2015
Main findings
  • The cultural heritage programmes can contribute substantially towards safeguarding cultural heritage in Europe, and generate an economic and social impact, including job creation, tourism, new skills and competences and education and social cohesion.
  • The vast majority of funds have been allocated to the preservation and restoration of cultural heritage sites, as well as to a range of artistic disciplines promoting diversity in culture. This is in line with the overall aims of the programmes.
Title Mid-term evaluation of NGO Programmes under EEA Grants 2009-2014
Theme/Sector Civil society
Written by CREDA Consulting Ltd.
Publication date December 2014
Main findings
  • The NGO Funds have contributed significantly to ongoing NGO sector development. NGO Funds have demonstrated innovation, new responses to need and problems, and assisted in addressing inequalities.
  • NGO Funds have resulted in strengthening the capacities of the NGO sector and in addressing the needs of local communities.
  • The NGO Funds are perceived positively and have addressed both gaps in funding and also challenges in the local environments of the beneficiary states.
  • The key criteria for successful Intermediaries have been identified. NGO consortia can be particularly effective in delivering results. Direct contracting of Intermediaries by the FMO has been successful, but it is recognised that this may not be possible in all beneficiary states.
Title Study on Roma Inclusion in the EEA and Norway Grants
Theme/Sector Roma inclusion
Written by CREDA Consulting
Publication date May 2013
Main findings
  • Roma inclusion was not an explicit donor priority and request for the implementation of the 2004-2009 EEA and Norway Grants. Roma inclusion has graduated into a horizontal priority in the programming of the EEA and Norway Grants 2009–2014, backed up by new and expanding strategic partnerships.
  • Most of the programmes in the 2009-2014 Financial Mechanism were defined in direct negotiations with the governments and they largely reflect the level of their willingness to address Roma issues.
  • Whether the potential for substantial contributions to Roma inclusion will be unleashed will depend on (a) effective outreach to Roma communities; (b) development of common standards on “Roma targeted measures”; (c) exchange of information, and (d) clear outcome-oriented approach to Roma inclusion.
Title Baseline study on bilateral relations in the EEA and Norway Grants
Theme/Sector Bilateral relations
Written by Nordic Consulting Group
Publication date February 2013
Title Review of risk management in the EEA and Norway Grants 2009-14
Theme/Sector Management
Written by Ernst & Young
Publication date December 2011

Evaluations and reviews related to the EEA and Norway Grants 2004-2009 can be found here.