IQ-Net – Improving the Quality of Structural Funds Programme Management

The IQ-Net network brings together regional and national partners from Structural Funds programmes across the EU. It aims to improve the quality of Structural Funds programme management through exchange of experience and mutual learning. The network involves a structured programme of applied research and debate with regular meetings (Coffee Break Workshops, Conferences) and advisory support for network partners.

IQ-Net was launched in 1996 and is managed by the European Policies Research Centre Delft. Partner organisations include regional and national Structural Funds managing authorities, coordination authorities and intermediate bodies. IQ-Net enables programme managers and their partnerships to exchange experience and share good practice on specific themes relating to the design, delivery, management, monitoring and evaluation of the Structural Funds programmes.

At the heart of the IQ-Net network is a programme of six-monthly meetings of partners (physical and virtual), designed to facilitate a direct exchange of experience on selected issues. Briefing papers (thematic and programme overview papers) are prepared by EPRC as the basis for discussion at each meeting, bringing together comparative experience from across the EU. Themes discussed at recent meetings have covered: Interactions and Synergies; Fraud Risk Management; New Financial Management Options; Delivery Mechanisms and Stakeholder Engagement; and Supporting Greener, Low-Carbon Europe. These reports and previous papers are available on the IQ-Net Publications page.

In addition to the six-monthly meetings, IQ-Net organises a regular series of (online) Coffee Break Workshops  to encourage exchange on key policy and implementation issues. Involving contributions from EPRC Delft, the IQ-Net partners and the EU institutions, the Workshops  provide an informal forum for regular contact, sharing of experiences and addressing more specific/technical questions.

Alongside the exchange of information and experience at meetings, IQ-Net helps programme managers and administrators by providing advisory support on specific aspects of programming and programme management. Depending on the individual partner requirements, this can involve e.g. local presentations, facilitation of workshops, preparation of short news items, providing ad-hoc advise and information (subject to separate agreement where applicable), and contributing to training events or organising tailored training.

IQ-Net partners can visit the project website here.

Funded by: National and Regional Management Authorities responsible for Structural Funds

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