In order to systematically investigate the benefits of policy instruments, we carry out evaluations in various areas of rural development.

The focus is on the forward-looking ex-ante evaluation, the accompanying and retrospective evaluation of rural development programmes and their various measures. These include not only measures to promote knowledge transfer and innovation, but also measures to strengthen competitiveness and measures to promote organisations in the food chain and risk management. We also evaluate agri-environmental and climate protection measures as well as LEADER and cooperation measures.

In addition, we offer support services in the field of LEADER self-evaluation in order to support regions during the seven-year funding period in reflecting on their work and achieving their goals in a better way.

We are also active in the evaluation of large protected areas. This involves measuring performance based on defined indicators. The focus is on biosphere reserves, nature parks, national parks and PLENUM areas.

Our clients are the European Commission, state governments of the federal states and regional organisational units.

Projects in the thematic field

Sustainability and resilience

Addressing biodiversity and habitat preservation through Measures applied under the Common Agricultural Policy – CAP-Biodiv

With regard to the biodiversity goals 2020 this study analyzes the biodiversity protection potentials of various agricultural policies. The study is carried out by the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP). As subcontractor the IfLS will...

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Rural areas

EU-wide LEADER Evaluation – Case Study Germany

On behalf of the European Commission, the study investigates the contribution of LEADER to a balanced territorial development. For this purpose, it draws on document analyses, online surveys and case studies, including expert interviews with a wide...

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Ongoing Evaluation of the Rural Development Program of Rhineland-Palatinate until 2024 – EULLE

Following an EU-wide invitation to tender, the Ministry of Environment, Agriculture, Food, Viticulture and Forestry, Rhineland-Palatinate commissioned the IfLS with the ongoing evaluation of the Rural Development Plan of Rheinland-Pfalz  2014-2020...

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Ongoing evaluation of the Rural Development Programme of Baden-Wurttemberg until 2024 – MEPL III

Following an EU-wide invitation to tender, the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Rural Affairs and Consumer Protection (MLR) commissioned the IfLS with the ongoing evaluation of the Rural Development Plan of Baden-Württemberg 2014-2020 (MEPL III) in...

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Socio-economic analysis and SWOT analysis within the framework of the elaboration of the EAFRD Rural Development Programme of the Federal State of Thuringia (funding period 2014-2020)

The Institute for Rural Development Research has been commissioned by the Federal State of Thuringia to support the elaboration of its EAFRD Rural Development Programme (RDP) for the 2014-2020 funding period. As a basis, a comprehensive...

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Agricultural policy

Synthesis of the online public consultation on the Action Plan for the development of the organic sector

The European Green Deal describes the path to a sustainable, climate-neutral Europe. The Biodiversity Strategy and the Farm to Fork Strategy aim for an extensive conversion to organic farming, with the goal of 25 % of the EU's agricultural land being...

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Ex-ante evaluation of the national "CAP Strategic Plan" for the Federal Republic of Germany, including the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)

The IfLS has been commissioned by the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) to carry out the ex-ante evaluation of the national 'CAP Strategic Plan' for the Federal Republic of Germany. The Strategic Environmental Assessment is carried out...

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Summary of the ex-post evaluations of 2007-2013 rural development programmes (Framework contract for the evaluation studies of the CAP)

The IfLS contributes to the cross-national synthesis and analysis of ex-post evaluation reports from the 2007-2013 EAFRD funding period as a partner. The study is coordinated by the Ecorys consultancy company and is an assignment within the...

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Framework contract for the evaluation studies of the CAP: synthesis and cross-thematic issues

The IfLS is a partner in the consortium commissioned to carry out tasks under the framework contract for the evaluation studies of the CAP (synthesis and cross-thematic issues, FWC4) commissioned by DG Agriculture. Coordinated by the Ecorys...

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Large-scale protected areas and cultural landscape

Interim evaluation PLENUM Tübingen

PLENUM stands for the state of Baden-Württemberg's project for the conservation and development of nature and the environment. The aim of the funding is a nature conservation-oriented regional development that ensures a sustainable and nature...

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Assessment for the evaluation of the performance of the landscape management associations in Saxony

In Saxony, 13 landscape maintenance associations (LPV) have been the point of contact and mediator for rural development and nature conservation projects for many years. By a cooperative approach, goals for nature conservation can be integrated in...

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Evaluation of the nature parks in Baden-Wuerttemberg

It is not only the task of nature parks to preserve the nature and environment. Furthermore, they are an important place for leisure and recreation.

Commissioned by the Ministry for Rural Affairs and Consumer Protection Baden-Wurttemberg, the IfLS...

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Evaluation of the Management of Austrian National Parks

Together with EUROPARC Deutschland e.V., IfLS was appointed by the Austrian Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management (BMLFUW) and the Association of Austrian National Parks to evaluate the management of all Austrian...

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Regional development

Ex-post evaluation of the LEADER+ programme 2000-2006 in the Federal State of Rhineland-Palatinate

In 2002 the European Commission authorised the 2000-2006 period of the LEADER+ programme supported by the Federal State of Rhineland-Palatinate. Seven Local Action Groups (LAGs) were given access to support within the framework of a statewide...

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Regional Action: Rural areas shaping the future

The ‘Regionen Aktiv’ programme is a policy initiative of the Federal Ministry of Consumer Protection, Food and Agriculture (BMVEL) that addresses the key principles of contemporary RD policy. The role of the IfLS is to carry out accompanying research...

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Socio-economics of farm businesses

Ad-hoc study to the funding of the processing and marketing of regional quality products in Rhineland-Palatinate

In Rhineland-Palatinate, investments in the processing and marketing of regional products have been supported since 2015. The measure is specifically intended for companies that process and market certified organic products and / or products with...

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Sustainable land use

Second ad-hoc study on the faunistic evaluation of flowering mixtures in Baden-Wuerttemberg

To protect insects, farmers in Baden-Württemberg create flowering areas by sowing special flowering mixtures. These flower-rich stands are intended to provide food for insects and serve as reproduction and refuge areas. In the course of the current...

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Evaluation of a project with focus on the protection of the common hamster in the Federal Program Biodiversity – 'Common hamster land'

The number of common hamsters in Germany is decreasing due to changed land use practices. The federal programme Biodiversity includes measures to protect the common hamster in order to stop this trend. To assess the effectiveness of these measures...

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Evaluation of organic farming in Bavaria

Bavaria has the largest number of organic farms of all German states. However, rising demand for organic products can only be partly met by local products. Therefore the Bavarian ministry for food, agriculture and forestry has assigned the IfLS and...

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