Out-sourcing programme management: a comparative assessment

The project involved case study research to review selected international experience with the outsourcing of programme management functions. It had four aims: (i) to summarise trends in institutional and operational arrangements for Structural Fund administration, identifying the degree to which outsourcing existed; (ii) to identify a typology to describe the forms of outsourcing used in different Member States; (iii) to examine the impact and implications of oursourcing on different stages and tasks of programming; and (iv) to provide an overall assessment of experience and lessons arising from different outsourcing options. Drawing on international experience, the study concluded by distilling the relative benefits and disadvantages of outsourcing in different contexts, and identified a series of best practice lessons for the design and implementation of such solutions.

Funded by: Ministry of Economics, North Rhine Westphalia

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