This guidance document is aimed at national authorities in charge of programming 2007- 2013 EFF interventions and specifically at those responsible for organising the ex ante evaluation. It provides guidance which will also be of use for the evaluators who are appointed to carry out the ex ante evaluation. The working paper clarifies, in an indicative way, the content and organisation of an ex ante evaluation. It builds on the practice gained in the ex ante evaluation during the 2000-2006 programming period while taking into account the new regulatory context for the 2007-2013 period, in terms of the content of the Operational programmes and requirements for their evaluation. Member States should use the guidance flexibly, adapting it to their specific requirements in order to ensure that the ex ante evaluation meets their needs. Copyright authors.
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