LIFE is the EU’s key programme funding environment, nature and climate action. For the period of 2014-2020 LIFE has been designated roughly 3.5 billion Euros in funding for its environment and climate action programmes combined. In the interest of good governance, it is important that policies such as the LIFE programme are continually evaluated to ensure they are performing well. The mid-term evaluation of the LIFE programme for the current period was completed by IDEA Consult, together with other partners.
The cultural sector received more than €250 million in funding from 'the crowd' between 2013 and 2016. Crowdfunding is a useful innovative tool that provides finance to creatives while increasing citizen engagement and participation. However creatives and policy makers lack awareness on how to get started in using this tool. IDEA Consult provided guidance on some first steps in a recent workshop.
Flanders Make, the Flemish research centre supporting the Flemish Make Industry, is undergoing a first external evaluation conducted by IDEA Consult. The evaluation is aimed at contributing to the decision of the Flemish government to either or not further support Flanders Make, as well as how this can be done.
IDEA Consult is once again set to evaluate the system of service cheques for neighbourhood services and jobs. The current assignment includes an evaluation of the system in Brussels Capital Region for 2014, 2015 and 2016.