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Past Evaluations

Ex-post evaluation of the Sixth Framework Programmes

The ex-post evaluation of the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) was designed to provide an assessment of the rationale, implementation and achievements of FP6. In legal terms the evaluation conforms to the requirement set out in article 7.2 of the FP7 Decision (EC) and article 6 of the FP7 Decision (Euratom).

This evaluation covers the years 2002-2006. It was based on the work of a panel of independent experts chaired by Professor Ernst Rietschel of the Leibniz association and supported by a very extensive base of evaluation evidence.

The evaluation contains:

  • separate panel-based evaluations of the JRC and the IST programme in FP6
  • evaluation studies at the thematic research level, statistical analyses
  • studies of framework programme impact carried out by the Member States
  • specifically commissioned analyses from evaluation experts and self-assessments produced by Commission services
    • The evaluation panel carried out its work over a seven month period from June 2008. The evaluation report was delivered to the Commission in February 2009.

      The Commission produced its response to the evaluation in April 2009.