Recent activities:
In October 2019, the consortium consisting of Eureconsult (Echternach, Luxemburg), Dr. Dräger & Thielmann (Frankfurt) and PRAC (Bad Soden) was assigned with a research contract to execute the Ex-ante Evaluation of the INTERREG VI-A programme "Alpine Rhine - Lake Constance - High Upper Rhine". The main task of PRAC was the assessment and systematic conceptualisation of the programme indicator system. In 2021 and 2022, further separate research contracts for elaboration and revision of the Performance Framework were awarded to PRAC. The client is the Regierungspräsidium Tübingen.

In December 2016 an EU wide consortium led by Wageningen University was awarded with research funding of Horizon2020 project “Rural-Urban Outlooks – Unlocking Synergies” (ROBUST). The role of PRAC was the coordination of Work Package 2 (Rapid appraisal of studies and data, case studies with micro-spatial grid data and nocturnal satellite images), the coordination of the thematic focus “new businesses and labour markets” and the scientific support to the partner region (“living lab”) of the Regionalverband Frankfurt-Rhein-Main. The project was finalised by end of 2021.

Together with Rüdiger Budde from the RWI-Leibniz-Institute of Economic Research Rolf Bergs was guest editor of volume 42 (issue 2) of the Review of Regional Research dealing with "The potential of small-scale spatial data".

Publication: Bergs, R. and Budde, R. (2022) The potential of small-scale spatial data in regional science. Review of Regional Research, Vol. 42(2)

Current projects


  • Ongoing evaluation of the EAFRD funded rural development programme "EULLE" Rheinland-Palatinate 2014-2020:
    Measures: (1) Rural and agricultural infrastructure, (2) Infrastructure in steepslope viticulture and (3) flood protection; further to that causal inference analysis of impacts of farm subsidies and support to reporting on the Partnership Agreement (in cooperation with the Institut für ländliche Strukturforschung a.d. Universität Frankfurt), on behalf of the Ministry of Economy, Transport, Agriculture and Viticulture of Rhineland-Palatinate



  • Thematic Expert for the EENRD Evaluation Helpdesk (DG AGRI)
    Time frame: since 2014
  • „Rural-Urban Outlooks – Unlocking Synergies“
    Time frame: 2017-2021
    Responsibility: Rolf Bergs, Moneim Issa, Karlheinz Knickel (06/2017-12/2020), supported by Marina Kobzeva (06/2018-01/2019)
  • Ex-ante-Evaluation Interreg VI-A "Alpine Rhine - Lake Constance - High Upper Rhine" covering Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Liechtenstein
    Responsibility: Rolf Bergs, Moneim Issa
    Time frame: 2019-2021

© Planung & Forschung / Policy Research & Consultancy - Bergs und Issa Partnerschaftsgesellschaft, Bad Soden, 2022