Dáil Éireann - Volume 622 - 28 June, 2006
Written Answers. - National Development Plan.
Mr. Crawford Mr. Crawford
Mr. Crawford asked the Minister for Finance if his Department has collated data on the  performance of the National Development Plan against target in terms of physical project delivery, outcomes and cost performance. [24916/06]
Mr. Crawford Mr. Crawford
Mr. Crawford asked the Minister for Finance if his Department has collated data on the performance of the National Development Plan against target in terms of physical project delivery, outcomes and cost performance. [24874/06]
Mr. Cowen Mr. Cowen
Mr. Cowen: I propose to take Questions Nos. 59 and 98 together.
Performance indicators at programme and priority level are included in the Operational  Programme documents and at measure (and sub-measure) level in the programme complement documents. The monitoring indicators allow progress to be measured in terms of reaching objectives and targets, the impact and results of expenditure and the progress of the financing plan.
Each Operational Programme has a Managing Authority which monitors financial and physical output targets. Each Implementing Agency is required to supply physical and financial progress to the Operational Programme Monitoring Committee meetings held in the Spring and Autumn. The Progress reports for these are available from the respective Managing Authorities for the Operational Programmes as set out below.
The Operational Programme Monitoring Committee reports include a description of physical progress of each measure for the six month reporting period and since the beginning of the Programme, accompanied by the appropriate table of physical indicators. They also include a standard financial table which provides information of each measure by EU co-financed and non co-financed expenditure, national contributions, EU contribution and private financing.
These reports are collated and presented to the NDP/CSF Monitoring Committee which is chaired by my Department. This Committee plays an active role in the monitoring of the NDP/CSF and meets at least twice yearly to review progress being made towards achieving objectives and targets. The Committee is made up of a wide partnership of interests, including implementing Departments, the social partners, sectoral interests, and members of local authorities representing the regional assemblies.
This Committee reviews the progress being made towards achieving objectives and targets. Monitoring is carried out by reference to physical and financial indicators.
In addition to the ongoing monitoring, mid term evaluations of the NDP/CSF and of the individual Operational Programmes were carried out in 2003 the purpose of which was to provide an analysis of both progress under the programmes and of developments in the external environment. An update evaluation of the CSF was completed in December 2005 which provided a synthesis of overall CSF progress in both financial and physical terms to end 2004.
Dáil Éireann 622 Written Answers. National Development Plan.