Evaluating the implementation of EU framework programmes to guide future policy

Evaluations are an essential part of the EU's Framework Programmes. They create a crucial evidence base to steer the implementation of research and innovation programmes, as well as guide future Framework Programmes.

The Commission is now carrying out an interim evaluation of Horizon 2020. This evaluation is a legal requirement and an opportunity to steer the debate on future R&I activities in Europe and to deliver on the Commission's Better Regulation agenda.

The starting point of the interim evaluation is intervention logic (PDF icon 312 KB) . The interim evaluation will assess whether Horizon 2020 is on track with delivering its objectives and will inform the European Parliament, the Council, Member States, the research community, the public and other stakeholders on:

  • the achievements of the objectives of Horizon 2020 and the continued relevance of all related measures
  • the programme's efficiency and use of resources, including cross-cutting issues
  • its EU added-value

Besides the legal requirements of Horizon 2020, the programme will be assessed on the five evaluation criteria defined by the Commission's Better Regulation guidelines: effectiveness, efficiency, EU added-value, impact, and relevance.

More about the Horizon 2020 Interim Evaluation


Monitoring the implementation of EU framework programmes is an essential part of the overall evaluation and monitoring system and an integral part of the Commission's Better Regulation agenda.

For Horizon 2020, the Commission has a legal obligation to monitor its implementation continually and systematically, to report annually and to disseminate the results of this monitoring. Read more Horizon 2020 Monitoring.

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