Review of the draft Development Strategy for the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County – PGC ex post

Commissioned by: The Institute for Physical Planning of the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County 
Project duration: September, 2015 – October, 2015 
Project manager: Nenad Starc, PhD

Brief outline:
Ex post evaluation will have the following content: 
- an introduction with the explanation of the context of evaluation 
- comments on the text of the draft strategy 
- remarks on the applied methodology of draft strategy preparation 
- final evaluation of the draft strategy.   

The context of the ex post evaluation is given by the legal obligations concerning preparation of county development strategies and by the by-laws that define the preparation methodology. The county strategy for the period 2015-2020 was supposed to follow the strategy for the period 2000-2013 and become operational in 2014. The delay came about due to the Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds in charge of coordination and formal methodological guidance of preparation of county development strategies. The Ministry announced the guidelines but failed to provide them in time and advised counties to prolong the implementation of the existing strategies. The Primorje-Gorski Kotar County and its Institute for Physical Planning kept postponing the preparation of the next strategy for almost two years and finally prepared the draft regardless of the lack of guidelines. In such a context it has to be assumed that the draft strategy will not follow the expected guidelines to the full extent. The evaluation will be accomplished only after the draft strategy has been checked against the guidelines which should be announced in September.  

In such a context comments on the text of the draft strategy will refer to observed omissions and mistakes and also to inadequacies that due to the lack of the guidelines yet have to be confirmed. The evaluation will be accomplished after the draft and guidelines have been made consistent.      

Remarks on the applied method of preparation will refer to possible methodological omissions and oversights in the procedure of preparation of the draft strategy.   

Final ex post evaluation of the draft strategy will summarize comments and methodological remarks and comment on guidelines which are to be provided in September.