FARNET and FAME Support Units have developed a handbook on evaluating Community-Led Local Development (CLLD) at the local level. This handbook is addressed to all Local Action Groups (LAGs) funded from one or several of the four ESI Funds and it provides them with easy-to-use tools and methods. It covers the main steps in evaluating Local Development Strategies (LDS): planning evaluation, data collection, evaluation methods and using the findings. For each step, there are explanations, figures, examples from LAGs and FLAGs as well as practical tips.
The handbook demonstrates that evaluation does not have to be a complicated bureaucratic exercise, but that it can be simple and useful for actors on the ground. And it is very much hoped that it will go some way towards addressing the issues raised by the local practitioners.
The handbook is currently available in English. Other language versions (French, German, Spanish, Italian and Polish) will follow shortly.