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Monitoring, Evaluation & Assessment Activities
European RTD Evaluation Network Activities
The Network, established in 1997, aims at enhancing co-operation between the national RTD evaluation units/agencies or agencies concerned with evaluation and the relevant Commission Services. The Network will be a forum of discussion and analysis of good practice in evaluation methodology, use of indicators and measurement of impact of research results. Attention will be focused, mainly, on publicly funded RTD, but experience and know-how from industry will also be discussed.
The Network is comprised of experts / officials from national units / agencies concerned with RTD evaluation. It can be extended, when the need arises and depending on the items for discussion, to include experts from academia, industry and experts from non-member states. Membership will not be permanent but a degree of continuity is warranted.
III. Work Methodology
The topics for discussion and analysis are decided based on the principle of European Added Value with emphasis on programme level evaluation.
The Network meets twice a year in the Member State holding the EU Presidency.
The Network members propose items for discussion, which will be included in the agenda following consultation with the Network participants.
The activities are chosen in particular if:
The Network can discuss the demand and supply of training needs in the Member States and provide information for the efficient use of training opportunities available in the field of RTD evaluation.
The Network can become the “connective tissue” between national activities and EC activities in areas related to evaluation (technology assessment, etc…). The underlying principle is to avoid duplication and ensure the absorption of suitable techniques and methodology from these areas into evaluation.
DG RTD Evaluation Unit provides the overall co-ordination and support, will chair the Network meetings and will share the organization of the meeting with the host country.