- Edurne Magro
Monitoring and evaluation in the policy arena are related and often mistakenly interchangeable concepts. They have as a common goal aiming at contributing to policy-learning something which is easy to say and difficult to implement. Governments from different administrative levels have pushed the implementation of monitoring practices at system, policy and programme level from a long time, but in most of the cases following accountability purposes. The discourse about learning is there, even in the European Commission’s communications and publications, but then it is the same EU the one that gives priority to accountability approaches as for example the ones behind the ERDF, funds that finance Smart Specialisation Strategies. Trying to align discourses with practices is the main challenge for advancing towards policy learning in this framework.