In line with the Panel’s remit, it assesses:
- the progress towards the Programme's objectives and the recommendations from the Interim Evaluation;
- the progress towards the Programme's operational excellence and the effectiveness of the Article 185 approach in this domain.
In addition, it makes recommendations for the possible follow-up to the AAL JP within Horizon 2020.
The Panel used as inputs: reports and statistical information about the AAL Programme; background documents and case studies on ageing well and ICT; plus approximately 20 interviews with a variety of stakeholders both within the programme and outside.
Its key findings are:
- The AAL JP has performed well in achieving its objective of creating a critical mass of research and innovation activities on ICT for Ageing Well (over 130 projects launched, leveraging in total more than 620 M€ investment).
- The AAL JP has succeeded in attracting strong industrial involvement with notably over 40 % SME-involvement.
- AAL JP has created a European innovation ecosystem by bringing together Industry, in particular SMEs, user organisations such as regions, investors, NGOs and research organisations.
- More than 25% of finalised AAL have secured financing for going to the market, 50% have secured IPR and there are already several examples of commercial products from AAL on the market.