Why the Commission evaluates and monitors


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 EU research and innovation framework programmes is an integral part of the Commission's better regulation agenda.

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

Monitoring complements the analysis and recommendations that are provided by the evaluations.

Key reports, findings and evidence

Guidelines for monitoring and evaluating

Monitoring and evaluation 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.

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.