Research of the cohesion policy

Research of the cohesion policy

The EU cohesion policy is grounded on the aspiration for economic, social and territorial cohesion of the regions. By implementing actions directed at reducing developmental disparities between various European regions and the backwardness of the least-favoured regions, as well as strengthening positive impact of the cohesion policy, it is aimed at making evidence-based decisions on the EU, national, regional and local levels. The contemporary evidence-based public policy goes hand in hand with evaluations performed both while planning possible interventions (ex-ante) and after their implementation (ex-post).
BGI Consulting provides analysis and consulting services for public institutions on local, regional, national and supranational levels. BGI Consulting carries out applied research and evaluation at all stages of the cohesion policy - planning public policy agenda, making public policy decisions, implementing decisions made, as well as evaluating the level of achievement of the objectives and impact (for more information, see Experience). The research being implemented allows to identify the existing problems and contributes to finding proportional means for their solution, as well as making evidence-based decisions.
The research of the cohesion policy is carried out on the basis of the most recent scientific achievements and lessons learned from the past, as well as by broadly applying techniques for including relevant stakeholders. In evaluating the impact of the future public investments on the basis of such methods as macroeconomic modelling, cost and benefit analysis, it is aimed at identifying causal links between the interventions planned and the desired social and economic impact, as well as assessing the relevance of the interventions for solving the problems identified. In evaluating the impact of the interventions already implemented on the basis of such methods as theory-based evaluation, counterfactual analysis, surveys of direct and indirect beneficiaries, it is aimed at defining social and economic changes observed and identifying the influence of the public intervention under evaluation on the latter (for more information, see Methods).

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