Achieving SDG’s cannot be done without the efforts from local governments. It is one of the biggest challenges for the Province of Limburg. One of their methods is the rural development programme. In this programm,e sustainability is seen from an interdisciplinary approach, as a balance between economy and ecology, between culture and nature. Providing funding to farmers to help them transition to environmentally friendly machinery or working on habitat restauration are examples of outcomes of this programme.
In order to achieve these goals, the Province of Limburg gets funding from the EU. One of these (sub)programmes is used to subsidize local projects (like bio-stores or natural areas) in rural areas in the south of Limburg. It’s called the Leader-project.
But the societal impact of the provided subsidy and its projects are not measured sufficiently. Does the programme have a societal and sustainable impact on Limburg and our society? And how do you measure that impact? We are not only looking for an impact study of the programme, but also a workable method of evaluation for the future. Measuring societal impact can be challenging and is often forgotten.
The outcome of this project is twofold. First is the evaluation of the impact of the Leader-project. That will be used for the next round of subsidy, which is due in two years. It can help us maximize the results of the programme and make sure government funding is spent in the most reasonable manner. Second is the method of evaluation, which will be a blueprint for future evaluations.
With this assignment you can contribute directly to the efficacy of a government and the impact it has on society. Next to that, the programme is on the forefront of dealing with sustainability. Can you help us figure out what the impact is of our programme, so that we can optimize it and make us more proficient in dealing with future challenges?
The Province of Limburg is a regional government organisation, with over 900 employees. It is democratically run by a Parliament. This government has numerous responsibilities and tasks, spread out over a portfolio of policy areas. Examples are economic affairs, infrastructure, ecology and culture. This assignment is part of the rural development programme of the Province. The goal of this programme is to connect landscape, nature, agriculture, culture and tourism, to create an ideal living environment. A delicate balance between economy and ecology is therefore aspired.