Due to the transnational nature of the Northern Periphery Programme, the evaluation has been designed accordingly. The evaluation aims at establishing a basis for comparative analysis between the types of activities initiated, as well as between the possibly different approaches between countries. The comparative approach, then, can be seen as the methodological framework for the evaluation. The methodological emphasis of the evaluation is put on the adoption of a bottom-up approach to analysis. Both monitoring data collected during the course of the programme, and interviews with key informants are elements in this approach. The evaluation is based upon a selection of projects. 46 interviews have been conducted, comprising the selected projects as well as the Programme Management Group, The Managing and Paying Authority/ Joint Secretariat, and the EU Commission. In addition, the evaluators have participated as observers to meetings in the Programme Monitoring Committee.
Skrevet av Arild Gjertsen, Bjarne Lindeløv