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This seminar was organised by the OECD Trento Centre for Local Development. It focused on disseminating information and tools for best practice evaluation approaches. The event is a part of the activities of the Evaluation Unit at the OECD LEED Trento Centre which aims to promote and develop culture of evaluation of local development strategies that promote entrepreneurship, local cohesion and good governance.
One of the main barriers to obtaining more of and a better quality of local development evaluation is insufficient capacity amongst local development professionals to understand the objectives and methodologies of evaluation. Without this capacity we cannot expect a demand for good quality evaluation to emerge and thus drive forward better evaluation practice. This was also one of the key findings of a major international conference on evaluation held by LEED in Vienna in 2002.
The one day seminar in Bratislava aimed at these and related issues with a special focus on the current situation in evaluating local development strategies implemented recently in Slovakia. They had the following objectives:
A number of messages came out of the seminar - among which the most important were:
These issues will be further explored by the Evaluation Unit and will be the subject of their 2005 Report.
The seminar took place on Tuesday July 19, 2005 in Bratislava in the premises of Palffyho Palace.
For further information contact Jonathan.Potter@oecd.org from the LEED Secretariat.