Work by EPRC’s Irene McMaster and Heidi Vironen, and independent consultant Nathalie Wergles, on the Impact Evaluation of the Northern Periphery and Arctic (NPA) Programme is being highlighted at an up coming event on Interreg Evaluation, Capitalisation and Communication in Budapest 5-6 November.
The transnational Interreg NPA programme covers an extensive geography from the west coast of Greenland to the Eastern borders of Finland, has a strong focus on addressing the development needs of extremely remote peripheral areas through transnational cooperation. Measuring programme impacts over such a large programme area and dispersed populations poses challenges for regular evaluation approaches. The research included an innovative elements such as foundation analysis of longer-term territorial impacts of projects, and in depth territorial case study analyses, involving interviews with ‘end users’ as well as project partners. This allowed the research to not only assess programme and project progress, but understand the potential long terms benefits for the territories, the distinctive role that territorial cooperation efforts can play, and the real benefits on the ground.
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