Management Theory and Studies for Rural Business and Infrastructure Development, Volume 16

Monitoring and evaluation of cooperative movement in Lithuania

Dalia Vidickienė, živilė Gedminaitė


Extent of cooperation is still insufficient in Lithuania and remains an important task for national
authorities to stimulate development of cooperation processes. The basic principles explaining
a design of framework to monitor and evaluate development of cooperative movement in Lithuania
are presented in this article. The monitoring and evaluation system of cooperative movement was
designed at Lithuanian Institute of Agrarian Economics and is oriented for the purposes of the intervention
by the national authorities.
With the help of monitoring and evaluation system, the analysis of Lithuanian cooperative
movement from 2005 to 2007 was accomplished. The following strengths of the movement have
shown up. Cooperatives became larger (number of members increased), financial results also improved,
applications were successfully submitted and confirmed when they applied for the European
Union funds. However, lack of alternative cooperation forms based on cooperative principles, unequal
distribution of cooperatives in Lithuanian regions and the dominance of small cooperatives
prevented the cooperative movement from its developing that time.

Keyword(s): cooperative movement, cooperation development, monitoring and evaluation framework

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