Why the Commission conducts impact assessments, evaluations and monitoring

Impact assessment, Evaluation and Monitoring of the EU’s framework programmes are defined by the better regulation guidelines.

These provide a set of common requirements for carrying out impact assessments, interim evaluations, ex-post evaluations and regular monitoring of how the progamme is implemented.

Consultations with stakeholders and citizens are a vital part of these activities.

Impact assessments

Impact assessments identify the main research and innovation challenges in Europe, outline the objectives of the future programmes and their foreseen structure.


Evaluations assess the progress made towards achieving the programme’s objectives and build an evidence base to improve the implementation of the current programme.

They also help to guide the development of future programmes.


Monitoring is a systematic process of data collection, addressing in particular how the programme is implemented.

The regular monitoring provides regular insights regarding the effects and benefits of the programme, is also instrumental for the analysis conducted in the evaluations.

A modernised monitoring approach is being developed for Horizon Europe.

Findings and evidence on EU research and innovation programmes

Evaluation network

The European RTD evaluation network is a platform for sharing information and best practice on issues related to evaluation methodology, use of research indicators and measurement of research impact.