In 2020, ten #latruscbc projects out of 21, including all four direct award projects, have gone through the result-oriented monitoring (ROM) exercise to provide a review of their performance with a specific focus on project results.
The selection of #latruscbc projects for ROM was aimed to cover all Programme priorities and provide an extensive overview of the project implementation in relation to their current relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, sustainability and contribution to horizontal issues.
Why result-oriented monitoring (ROM)?
All beneficiaries were interviewed against a standard set of 22 questions by project and information managers who do not normally work with this project, thus providing for an independent and knowledgeable ‘external’ view on the quality of project implementation and project’s ability to achieve the defined results, together with the development of recommendations for further improvement.
How can ROM results be applied?
ROM is based on a non-statistical sample of projects and does not provide a representative analysis of all projects, however the findings and recommendations for the selected projects can be applied also to the projects that have not been ROM-ed
The conclusions driven from ten projects ROMs cover the key fields of the probability of project results achievement and their sustainability in the long-term.
Are #latruscbc projects still relevant?
The projects have retained their cross-border relevance as they continue to respond to the needs of the target regions and target groups. Their objectives and activities remain consistent with strategic initiatives and sectoral needs in the Programme area. Many projects demonstrate spillover benefits by exchanging and capitalizing on experience and knowledge within the project partnership and beyond.
Are #latruscbc projects efficient?
The projects have established well-functioning project management systems with clear roles that, in most cases, successfully went through the pandemic challenge. They have moved in-project communication and coordination processes online involving a variety of tools to facilitate genuine cooperation over the borders.
Are #latruscbc projects effective?
The limitations caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, including Latvia-Russia border crossing restrictions, had sometimes a detrimental effect on the implementation of project activities causing delays and changing the format of cooperation, with meetings, seminars, and master classes being transferred online, or – in such rare cases as international exhibitions – cancelled. Many projects are revising their time plans to meet their targets, primarily for soft activities among broader audiences. For further efficient implementation of #latruscbc project activities and smooth shift from offline to online, webinars for beneficiaries on organizing online events were held on 23 and 24 February 2021.
Are #latruscbc project results sustainable?
In short-term, the COVID-19 limitations affected such result indicators as the number of tourists using newly developed local services and products (historical sites, museums and castles, priority 1.2.) and throughput capacity of border crossing points by measuring the number of persons crossing the external border (priority 3.1.). Nevertheless, all projects are committed to ensuring the sustainability of their results in the long run – for now, via the project time plan adaptation to the current situation.
Are horizontal issues addressed by #latruscbc projects?
All projects depending on their nature, provide a positive input into horizontal issues with particular attention to
- environmental sustainability – by using environmentally friendly building materials and encouraging environmentally-friendly behaviour,
- accessibility – by ensuring better working conditions and providing access to services for all groups of citizens,
- enhancement of the role of women – by helping women-artisans to start and develop own businesses.
Several projects are introducing new ways of addressing cross-cutting issues by establishing volunteer groups and local coordination groups to reach the target audience and rapidly detect and mitigate possible gaps.
What are #latruscbc project ROM key conclusions?
The projects should adapt their time plans by extending their implementation periods and applying to the Managing Authority for the project changes as soon as possible.
The beneficiaries should strengthen the quality of communication between them in the current challenging conditions.
Following the ROM methodology, tailored recommendations were applied to respective #latruscbc projects with a special support to beneficiaries during online workshops on project changes on 19 February 2021.
Check also our infographic to get the key figures and ideas about #latruscbc project result-oriented monitoring in a blink.