Glossary, sources & New Logframe

Lesson 1 | Topic 2: Glossary, Sources & New Logframe

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The Funds

CF = Cohesion Fund
EAFRD = European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development
EMFF = European Maritime and Fisheries Fund
ERDF = European Regional Development Fund
ESF = European Social Fund
ERDF + ESF = Structural Funds
Structural Funds + CF = The Funds
ESIF = European Structural and Investment Funds
ESIF = The Funds + EAFRD + EMFF

The Regulations

CPR = Common Provisions Regulation
TFEU = Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union
FEI = Financial Engineering Instruments
FI = Financial Instruments
GBER = General Block Exemption Regulation
SCO = Simplified Cost Options
TA = Technical Assistance
NSRF = National Strategic Reference Framework

Implementing Structures

AA = Audit Authority
MA = Managing Authority
IB = Intermediary Body
IFI = International Financial Institution
JMC = Joint Monitoring Authority
DG = Directorate General
MS = Member State of the EU


Glossary – Quick Definitions


Key Technical Terms


Black Box of Change = a term used to express the complexity of understanding and decomposing the factors that drive sector or programme change
Contribution Analysis = analysis to measure the contribution of programme outputs to sector results
Intervention Logic = a description of the implementation approach to achieve results
New Intervention Logic = a new results oriented description of the implementation approach to achieve sector-based results
OP = Operational Programme = a national strategy to address key priorities and at the same time contribute to EU2020 objectives
Operation = the way in which a programme is implemented
Other Factors = the factors outside the control of the programme that influence the sector results
Outcomes = the change or effects of a programme, the benefits of the programme

Outputs = direct products & services that contribute to results
Programme Outputs = the products and services produced by programme inputs and activities
Programme Results = the measurable change in well-being in a target group defined in the programme objectives
Results = specific dimension of well-being and progress (for target group/sector)
that motivates policy action
Results Chain = a linear view of intervention logic showing links between inputs, outputs and results (usually programme-based)
Results indicators = variables that provide information on specific aspects of results (baselines + targets needed)
Sector Results = the measurable change in well-being in a sector
Theory of Change = A list of the assumptions on which the programme logic is based. (Think of a series of “if-then” statements)

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The reading guide contains sources and reading recommendations for this course: articles, directives, regulations, Commission’s guidance documents and more.


1. EC General guidance

Better Regulation:

DG Regio Regulations: 

  • CPR
  • ERDF / ESF Regulation
  • Common Indicators

       2. DG Regio Guidance

Outcome indicators and targets, Barca, McCann, June 2011:

     3. DG Employment Guidance

ESIF Open Data Platform:

ESF Monitoring and Evaluation Guidance, June 2015 edition:


Strategic reporting 2007-2013:

    4. Eurostat website and publications

Europe 2020 headline indicators:

Smarter, greener, more inclusive?
Indicators to Support the Europe 2020 Strategy:

   5. World Bank text book

The Road to Results:

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