Moving Towards a More Result / Performance-Based Delivery System in Cohesion Policy

Study 15-11-2011

This study analyses the rational, features and the conditions under which a more result/performance-oriented delivery system for Cohesion Policy, based on the use of performance indicators, and, potentially, of incentive mechanisms, can be designed and implemented along the different phases of Cohesion Policy implementation. The study is based on literature review, semi-structured interviews with more than 100 stakeholders mainly at regional level, two focus groups and case studies. It argues in favour of a deep change in administrative culture and puts forward concrete recommendations on how to simplify and gear the logical framework underlying Cohesion Policy’s interventions towards results with a view to inform the current Cohesion Policy reform debate.