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A Report and a Guide on evaluation of local development strategies have been prepared by the OECD Local Economic and Employment Development Programme in collaboration with the Ministry for Regional Development of the Czech Republic as part of the OECD LEED activity on Strategic Evaluation Frameworks for Local Development.
The importance of a strategic evaluation framework
Regional and local development strategies and programmes are now characteristic of all OECD Member countries. They may be concerned with a wide range of issues: economic competitiveness and growth; employment and local labour market issues; local public services; environmentally sustainable development. Many are multidimensional, covering several of these domains. Some are the result of purely local initiatives but many are initiated and supported by national policies and programmes.
National governments support the development of regional and local strategies and programmes because of the key role local actors play in identifying solutions for local problems and in recognising locally specific opportunities for growth. However, while regional and local development interventions are widely seen to be of value, the measurement of their progress and impacts is often too weak to enable evidence-based policy improvements. Increasing and improving regional and local development monitoring and evaluation is therefore a priority.
Each level of government – national, regional and local – has an important role to play in this effort. Each has an important role in collecting information, analysing it and exchanging it in order to improve management, policy and budget decisions. However, the benefits are likely to be strongest when this occurs within a clear and coherent national framework that is shared by all the main actors.
For regional and local governments, following a clear national framework helps put in place good practice monitoring and evaluation approaches as well as to share information more easily with other areas that will help in policy design and building better strategies. For national government, a coherent national monitoring and evaluation framework provides evidence on the extent to which regional and local development interventions contribute to achieving national objectives for growth and reduction of disparities and how this contribution might be increased.
Project background and outputs
The project “Evaluation framework for local development strategies in the Czech Republic” aimed to assist the Ministry for Regional Development and its sub-national partners in putting into place an appropriate framework for the evaluation and monitoring of regional and local development trends and policies in the Czech Republic. More in detail, the project was implemented from from January 2008 to May 2009 and it was intended to produce: