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Ex-post evaluation of the Sixth Framework Programmes

The ex-post evaluation of the Sixth Framework Programmes (FP6) (PDF icon 493 KB) 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) ( 385 KB) and article 6 of the FP7 Decision (Euratom) ( 96 KB).

The findings and recommendations proposed will serve as a basis for discussion on the current and future implementation of FP6 as well as helping with the design of future FPs.

This evaluation covers the years 2002-2006. It was based on the work of a panel of independent experts chaired by Professor Ernst Rietschel (PDF icon 43 KB) of the Leibniz association and supported by a very extensive base of evaluation evidence, notably separate panel-based evaluations of the JRC (PDF icon 487 KB) and the IST programme (PDF icon 250 KB) in FP6, evaluation studies at the thematic research level, statistical analyses, studies of FP impact carried out by the Member States, specifically commissioned analyses from evaluation experts and self-assessments produced by Commission services.

The experts were selected on the basis of their expertise in the areas of research covered by FP6 and ensuring a broad coverage of issues such as academic and business-related backgrounds, nationality, gender etc.

Major stakeholders in particular the Member States were kept well-informed on the progress with the design and implementation of the evaluation. Wide consultation took place on the terms of reference for the evaluation (PDF icon 31 KB) .

Overall support and design of the evaluation process was provided by DG RTD, in conjunction with other European Commission services from DG RTD and those of other DGs with responsibility for the management of the Framework Programmes.

The evaluation panel carried out its work over a seven month period from June 2008, through 6 full meetings plus other technical meetings. The evaluation report was delivered to the Commission in February 2009, since when there has been very wide discussion of its contents by the European Institutions and in public meetings.

The Commission produced its response to the evaluation ( 52 KB) in April 2009.