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Mid-term Evaluation of the Service Contracts "EU Support to Ukraine to Re-launch the Economy (EU SURE) EU SURE Technical Assistance Project" (CRIS ref.no. 2015/365-472) and "EU4Business: Network of Business Support Centres in Ukraine" (CRIS ref.no. 2016/372-862), Ukraine
Mid-term Evaluation of the Service Contracts "EU Support to Ukraine to Re-launch the Economy (EU SURE) EU SURE Technical Assistance Project" (CRIS ref.no. 2015/365-472) and "EU4Business: Network of Business Support Centres in Ukraine" (CRIS ref.no. 2016/372-862), Ukraine

CATEGORY: Socioeconomic development

LOCATION: Ukraine

START/END: 2018-2019

CLIENT: EU Delegation, Kiev

ORIGIN OF FUNDING: EC

PARTNERS: Stantec SA/nv (lead consortium partner)

PROJECT VALUE: 137.175

LDK’s BUDGET SHARE: 23,7%

STAFF PROVIDED: 2

Mid-term Evaluation of the Service Contracts "EU Support to Ukraine to Re-launch the Economy (EU SURE) EU SURE Technical Assistance Project" (CRIS ref.no. 2015/365-472) and "EU4Business: Network of Business Support Centres in Ukraine" (CRIS ref.no. 2016/372-862), Ukraine

Type of Services

The evaluation covered the two actions and the EU SURE programme as a whole. The evaluation process was carried out in four phases

  • Inception phase: initial document/data collection, background analysis, inception interviews via remote means, reconstruction of intervention logic, methodological design of the evaluation.
  • Desk research: in-depth document analysis, interviews, identification of information gaps and of hypotheses to be tested in the field phase, methodological design of the field research.
  • Field research: meetings at country level with key stakeholders, gathering of primary evidence, data collection and analysis linked to the hypotheses tested in the field.
  • Synthesis phase: final analysis of the findings, formulation of the overall assessment, conclusions and recommendations, organization of final presentation seminar.

Description

LDK was awarded this Specific Contract (2018/3999597) within the context of the Framework Contract SIEA 2018 LOT 2 – Infrastructure, sustainable growth and jobs (EuropeAid/138778/DH/SER/multi).

The two actions (i. “EU Support to Ukraine to Re-launch the Economy (EU SURE) EU SURE Technical Assistance Project” and ii) “ EU4Business: Network of Business Support Centres (NBSCs) in Ukraine”) were to be evaluated separately, and as a whole under the EU Support to Ukraine to Re-launch the Economy (EU SURE) programme (CRIS 2015/ 032-789).
Conclusions and recommendations pertaining to each specific action were to be aggregated at the programme level.

The main objectives of this evaluation were to provide the relevant services of the EU and the interested stakeholders with:

  • an overall independent assessment of the past performance of the ‘EU Support to Ukraine to Relaunch the Economy (EU SURE) EU SURE Technical Assistance Project' paying particular attention to its intermediate results measured against its expected objectives;
  • key lessons learned and recommendations in order to improve current and future Actions.

In particular, this evaluation would serve to understand the performance of the Action, its enabling factors and those hampering a proper delivery of results in order to adjust its design and implementing modalities. The evaluation would also derive conclusions and recommendations stemming from the Action which would inform the planning of the future EU interventions in the sector.

The evaluation assessed the Action using the five standard DAC evaluation criteria, namely: relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability and early signs of impact. In addition, the evaluation assessed two EU specific evaluation criteria:

  • the EU added value (the extent to which the Action adds benefits to what would have resulted from Member States' interventions only
  • the consistency of the Action itself, with the EU strategy in private sector development in Ukraine and with other EU policies and projects within the fold of the EU4Business programme.

The evaluation team furthermore considered whether gender issues, environment and climate change considerations were mainstreamed; the relevant SDGs and their interlinkages were identified; the principle of Leave No-One Behind and the rights-based approach methodology was followed in the identification/formulation documents and the extent to which they have been reflected in the implementation of the Action, its governance and monitoring.

Target groups: Ministry of Economic Development and Trade responsible for the state policy on entrepreneurship development and deregulation reform; State Regulatory Service of Ukraine (SRSU); Regional & Local Authorities with regulatory mandate; SMEs and business intermediary organisations.
Final beneficiaries: Ukrainian SMEs and business community at large; Business intermediary organisations (Membership / BSOs); Population of Ukraine.

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