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The evaluation periodically assesses if the programme is producing the expected outcomes, analysing the relevance, coherence, effectiveness, efficiency, impact and sustainability of the support that will grant or has already granted, to promote the increase of people's qualifications and their employability requirements, aiming to contribute to policy decisions and programming guidelines based on evidence. With this in mind, the assessment of the HCOP began with its ex-ante assessment, whose results were not only weighted in the final version of the programming document, approved by the European Commission, as they continue to be the subject of focus in the implementation stage of the Programme.

The HCOP Assessment Plan includes, in turn, the reviews to be performed during the implementation of the Programme, forming an operational instrument of the Portugal 2020 Global Assessment Plan (PGA PT2020), approved by the Interministerial Coordination Committee (ICC) of this programming period, as a guideline document for the assessment of Portugal 2020 (PT2020) agreed upon by the entities responsible for the governance of the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF), so that the design and implementation of policies and programmes can benefit from quality assessments, supported on evidence from the effectiveness, efficiency and impact of the supported interventions.

This global objective is framed within the mission of the assessment function to contribute to the good management and use of the ESIF, reinforcing its results-oriented approach and the quality of accountability. In general terms, the performed evaluations should primarily assess the quality of the design and implementation of the programme, evaluating their effectiveness, efficiency and impact.



On this page you will find all the information available to date on the assessment studies carried out while the HCOP Assessment Plan is being implemented, as well as the Portugal 2020 Global Assessment Plan.

In this context, we currently highlight the participation of the HCOP General Assembly in the Survey for the 2nd Set of Financial Instruments Assessment, specifically, the component regarding loans for higher education students included in the programming.

The main conclusions of the Final Report of this ex-ante Assessment of Financial Instruments, specifically for loans to higher education students, demonstrate that there are market gaps or signs of scarce investment in this area, thus justifying the need for this public funding and the validation of the strategy delineated for the allocation of public resources to this financial instrument.

Here you will also find information on other assessment studies that focus on the HCOP areas of intervention, even if they do not derive from its Assessment Plan or the Global Assessment Plan for Portugal 2020. In this regard, we presently highlight a study that focused on one of the main types of operation financed by the HCOP - the vocational education courses - providing the report with the main results for the project "ESF Supporting Youth in Portugal - CIE of Vocational Training and Traineeships", co-funded by the European Commission (Grant Agreement Nº VS/2014/063).