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Evaluation is a major tool in pluriannual management of scientific and technical policies. The subject is not directly Evaluation by a peer group', but evaluation as required by and destined for the public sector decision- makers. Analysis leads to the identification of two large families of evaluation types with separate methods but complementary objectives: the first aims at providing the basis for decisions about the launch, renewal or orientation of a research programme; the second, referred to as Strategic and forecasting studies', aims at defining the trends of scientific and technical policy. These two types of evaluation, though different, concern the same pattern of interest groups: item"(i)" The client (who requests the evaluation), at one end of the chain, and the target (the public sector decision-maker), at the other; item"(ii)" At the centre of the system, the authors of the evaluation (evaluation panels, committees, consultants); item"(iii)" Finally, the linchpin of the system, the surety which provides the authority necessary for the effectiveness of the evaluation. This guarantees the correct choice of evaluators, the relevance of their analysis and the stringency of the evaluation process.par The objective is to provide the Commission with a proposal for a system of organization of evaluation at the level of its scientific and technical policy and its research potential.

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Bibliographic Reference: EUR 11545 DE, EN, FR (1988) FS, 59 PP., ECU 5.00, AVAILABILITY: EUROFFICE, LUXEMBOURG, POB 1003
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