Ref N° 607

Mid-term evaluation of the Northern Dimension Partnership on Public Health and Social Well-being (NDPHS) and Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture (NDPC)

Overall project value (EUR)
€ 125 979
Origin of funding
Proportion carried out by legal entity
Consortium members
Start date
December 2018
End date
December 2019
Number of staff provided
110 w/d

Detailed description of project Back

The Northern Dimension (ND) is a joint policy between the European union (EU), Russia, Norway and Iceland which promotes dialogue, practical cooperation and development. While it covers a broad geographic area (from the European Arctic and Sub-Arctic to the southern shores of the Baltic Sea, and from north-west Russia in the east to Iceland and Greenland in the west) practical cooperation is mainly focused on the North of the European continent: the Baltic Sea region (shared by the EU and Russia) and the Barents Sea region (shared by Norway, Russia and the EU Member States of Finland and Sweden).

The main objectives of this evaluation are to provide the NDPHS and the NDPC governing bodies, relevant services of the European Union and the interested stakeholders with:

  • An overall independent assessment of the past performance of the NDPHS and the NDPC, paying particular attention to its intermediate results measured against its expected objectives; and the reasons underpinning such results;
  • An overall independent assessment of the NDPHS and the NDPC organisational set-up and whether it is optimal to fulfil its purpose;
  • An overall independent assessment of the NDPHS and the NDPC contributions to reaching the overall Northern Dimension political framework objectives;
  • Key lessons and recommendations in order to improve current and future activities within the NDPHS and NDPC.

In particular, this evaluation will serve the purpose of understanding the performance of the NDPC and the NDPHS when implementing their respective strategies (for the NDPHS: Strategy 2020 + Action Plan) (for the NDPC: Strategy 2017-2020), the enabling factors and those hampering a proper delivery of the results, in order to apply corrective measures and inform the planning of the NDPHS strategy for the next term,apply corrective measures for future development of the NDPC and enhance the contribution of the Partnerships to the overall political ND process.

The main users of this evaluation will be the Partners of the NDPHS and the NDPC (including the European Commission and the EEAS) and Structures of the NDPHS (the Partnership Annual Conference, the Meeting of the Parties and the Committee of Senior Representatives, the Expert Groups, the national focal points and the Secretariat).

Type of services provided

  • The evaluation will assess the NDPHS and the NDPC using the five standard DAC evaluation criteria, namely: relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability and impact. In addition, the evaluation will: assess the coherence of the partnerships with the EU strategy for the Baltic Sea Region; analyse the synergies and/or overlaps with other relevant strategies; assess the added value to the Northern Dimension Policy and added value for health and culture sectors in the Northern Dimension region. The evaluation will also provide recommendations for the focus and nature of future activities of the partnerships in its broader political context;
  • For the NDPHS: the evaluation team shall furthermore consider whether the cross-cutting issues of health equity and social cohesion in all actions, innovative approaches and technologies, the ‘Health in All Policies’ approach, as well as inclusion of people in vulnerable situations in all actions of relevance were taken into account in the identification/formulation documents and the extent to which they have been reflected in the implementation of the Action and its monitoring, and analyse their relevance and suggest a revised/updated list of the cross-cutting/horizontal issues for the new NDPHS Strategy and its Action Plan;
  • For the NDPC: the evaluation team shall furthermore consider impacts on people–to-people engagement, cross–border collaboration in Creative Culture Industries (CCIs), innovation and cross- sectorial activity;
  • For the NDPHS and NDPC: The evaluation team shall furthermore consider whether: gender, environment and climate change 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 partnerships, its governance and monitoring.

Main staff provided:

  • Team leader (40 w/d);
  • Public Health Expert (35 w/d);
  • Culture Expert (35 w/d).

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