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A decade (1980-1990) of external evaluation of R & D at the Commission of the European Communities is analysed. It is shown how evaluation contributes to the formation of the CEC's policies by assisting in the conception and implementation of its policies on research and development. Three main aspects of practical evaluation are presented: - Quantifiable and/or verifiable objectives for programmes are set out in the form of evaluation criteria. - The timing of external evaluation implementation increasingly requires backup studies from external sources. Evaluation of the quality of scientific results is based upon "meta-evaluation". Evaluation of the management of programmes and the analysis of economic effects improved during the period covered. - Methodological aspects are considered and particular instruments used are described. Recommendations are made concerning: - evaluation practices, such as scheduling, rigorousness of questionnaires and follow-up meetings of panels; - adaptation of evaluation to the Single Act and to the future framework programme, including guidelines and training, setting up of an information system, and revised procedures for conception and implementation of R & D programmes. Several challenges facing the evaluation process in the nineties are identified.

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Authors: BOBE B, CEC Luxembourg (LU);VIALA H, CEC Luxembourg (LU)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 13097 FR (1990) 141 pp., FS, ECU 12.50
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ISBN: ISBN 92-826-1718-1
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