The findings and recommendations of previous Framework Programme evaluations serve as a basis for the design of future ones.
EU funding in 2010
Evaluation is the European Commission's main tool for assessing to what extent EU activities achieve their objectives and how their future performance can be improved. Well-conducted evaluations can help improve the relevance, efficiency and cost-effectiveness of public interventions. The evaluation of Framework Programmes has a long history.
The approach being followed has been systemically updated, normally at the start of each new Framework Programme. At the core of this is the fundamental principle that evaluation should be carried out at the level where there is management and financial responsibility for an activity. In this way, the evaluation results can feed through directly into improvements.