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EU programme evaluation is in t33’s DNA. Evaluating cohesion policy programmes has always been a t33 core service, and ‘accountability’ is still our corporate approach to sound policy.


We started with an evaluation of the ERDF programme managed by Marche Region, where we are based.
10 years later, we lead the Romanian EAFRD programme evaluation and are evaluating cross-border programmes covering France, the Netherlands, Belgium, UK, Ireland, Austria and Italy and are also involved in three EU transnational cooperation programme evaluations.
In the meantime, we have conducted ex post evaluations for the European Commission (DG REGIO and DG NEAR), ex ante evaluations of ERDF/ EAFRD regional programmes and intra-EU cooperation programmes as well as some between EU and non-EU countries. There were also ongoing evaluations of ERDF regional and national programmes in Italy and Romania.


The robustness of our methodological approach is ensured by the stability of our team during each evaluation and by the variety of expertise. We have progressively consolidated an advanced mix of evaluation techniques, for composite indicators, advanced statistical and econometric methods, cluster, network and cost-benefit analysis, counterfactual methods and visual mapping.
We use qualitative methods with logic models, in-depth case studies, focus groups and Delphi. t33’s original methodological achievements for the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) were published in a scientific review.


t33 evaluators are involved in studies on EU programme mechanisms, such as post 2020 ERDF and Cohesion Fund indicators, simplified cost options including calculation of standard unit costs. For us, evaluations are an opportunity to offer indications that improve programme design and implementation.

For us, programme evaluation is successful when room for improvement is well indicated, for example by studying the scope of Simplified Cost Options use.

Nicola Brignani

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