Support for an external and independent LIFE mid term evaluation report
Final report - Study
This study presents the findings of the “Mid-Term Evaluation of the LIFE Programme”. The purpose of the evaluation was to assess the functioning of the LIFE Programme, in line with the EU 'Better Regulation' agenda. The conclusions are derived from 96 questions addressing effectiveness, efficiency, coherence, relevance, EU added value, sustainability, impact, and other specific aspects of the Programme. To answer the evaluation questions, a triangulation process was used combining document review, quantitative analysis of LIFE/ LIFE+ monitoring indicators, interviews, a public consultation,... and stakeholder surveys. The evaluation concludes that LIFE is delivering in line with set targets. There is evidence of a positive cost-benefit ratio when comparing funding to societal gains. LIFE is internally and externally coherent and its objectives relevant. Sustainability largely varies across the EU and per priority area, and uptake by the private sector can be improved. Financial instruments are still in their pilot phase and measures to enhance their effectiveness are indicated. Integrated Projects show potential to boost the implementation of relevant Union legislation. LIFE communication supports the visibility and dissemination of results, but could be better targeted and coordinated. Finally, simplification measures are needed to streamline cooperation at management level and improve the Programme’s accessibility.