Background and Legal Basis
Both the increasing importance of the changes in the policy context and the objectives of and the proposed level of investment in the EU’s RTD activities result to the need to further improve and strengthen the evaluation function in order to best meet the public requirements for increased transparency, accountability and cost-effectiveness.
The Commission is therefore bound, through the Financial Regulation (Articles 60 and 27) and its Implementing Rules , to perform an ex-post evaluation of the 6th FP research activities in line with the principle for Sound Financial Management.
As a consequence of this obligation, the legal base of the 7th Framework Programme for Research, Technological development and Demonstration (RTD) explicitly mandates that "Not later than 2010, the Commission shall carry out, with the assistance of external experts, an evidence-based interim evaluation of this Framework Programme and its specific programmes building upon the ex-post evaluation of the Sixth Framework Programme…" and clarifies that this "… independent ex-post programme evaluation would be undertaken 2 years after the end of FP6."
Communication of the evaluation results
- Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council,
the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions.
Ex-post evaluation of the ‘Information Society Technologies (IST)’ Thematic Priority in the Sixth Framework Programme for Research, Technological Development and Demonstration (RTD) COM (2008) 533
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Dissemination of the evaluation results
- Presentation in the European Parliament: CLORA workshop [2 MB]
- Presentation at EUFORDIA conference in Prague [2 MB]
- Terms of reference [758 KB]
- Panel of Independent experts [121 KB]
Evaluation Synthesis Report [768 KB]
For more information on this matter, please contact:
Directorate General Information Society and Media
Lisbon Strategy and Policies for the Information Society
Evaluation and Monitoring
Tel no.: +32 2 298 72 46
Fax no.: +32 2 296 66 13
email: infso-c3 in the domain ec.europa.eu