How to monitor and evaluate Roma-related initiatives under Structural and Investment Funds

This report focuses on how to improve the Monitoring and Evaluation of Roma-related initiatives under European Structural and Investments Funds.

It has been drawn up taking into account the monitoring and evaluation practices used during the 2007-2013 programming period, identifying potential advances in the ESI Funds Regulations for the 2014-2020 programming period7 and analysing relevant secondary sources.

It was enriched with the ideas and debates of the Transnational Mutual Learning Workshop “How to monitor and evaluate Roma-related initiatives under European Structural and Investment Funds” held on 13-14 November 2014 in Madrid (Spain) in the context of the activities of the European Social Fund (ESF) Learning Network “Reinforcing policy learning for Roma inclusion”.

This paper is divided into three sections. The first provides an overview of monitoring and evaluation practices in the 2007-2013 programming period and presents the challenges andopportunities for enhancing effective monitoring and evaluation of ESI Funds to promote Roma inclusion in the 2014-2020 programming period. The second suggests ways to improve monitoring and evaluation for Roma-related initiatives financed by ESI Funds, notably concerning information collection systems and the establishment of indicators. The third focuses on the key elements of the new Regulations that could help provide better information on ESI Funds invested in Roma inclusion throughout the policy cycle of the new ESI Funds.