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This document discusses the main methods of impact evaluation of Community programmes: a statistical adjustment of production functions, a survey seeking out innovation, technico-economic projections, external and internal expertise and a survey of those engaged in research. As a means of improving existing practices, formalisation of the systematic methods of exploitation appraisal of research projects is proposed. These systems describe the stages to be passed through between the research and its impact and the factors liable to hinder or to facilitate the evaluation. They provide an estimate of the potential in terms of markets targeted and benefit to users. The proposition was tested on five contracts of the BRITE programme. The experiment, though of limited scope, does offer the potential for a better understanding of the phenomenon of exploitation appraisal and for a more precise evaluation of the impact of research. In conclusion, mention is made of organisational problems which may arise when economic criteria are brought to bear on the evaluation of research.

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Authors: TOULEMONDE J, Ecole Nationale des Travaux Publics de l'Etat, Vaulx-en-Velin (FR)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 13146 FR (1990) 88 pp., FS, ECU 8.75
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ISBN: ISBN 92-826-1769-6
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