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Commission staff working paper, Annex to the Proposal for the Council and European Parliament decisions on the 7th Framework Programme (EC and Euratom) {COM(2005) 119 final} SEC(2005) 430

Funded under: FP7, FP7-EURATOM

Abstract

This report presents the overall summary of the impact assessment of the European Commission's proposals for the European Parliament and Council decisions on the 7th Framework Programme (EC and EURATOM), the Specific Programmes and the Rules for Participation. The FP7 impact assessment was based upon inputs from stakeholders, internal and external evaluation and other studies, and contributions from recognised European evaluation and impact assessment experts. The in-depth analysis (Annex 1) upon which this summary is based is contained in the annex, and references are made systematically to the relevant sections of the annexed report so that the reader can find the more detailed material.
Although ambitious in its attempt, the report also comes with a note of warning: assessing the impacts of research policy is particularly difficult. First, it is hard to establish a linear causal relationship between specific policies and particular effects. The reason is that there exists an important time lag between doing research, generating innovations, and reaping commercial benefits. Different policy actors also play a role and their policy instruments generate effects at different times. Second, difficulties arise when trying to quantify many predominantly qualitative effects such as increased networking, improved absorptive capacity, strengthened research competencies of firms, and changed behaviour. Hard data need to be cross-checked with 'soft' information to be obtained from interviews, case studies, expert views etc. Focussing only on monetary effects or private returns to intervention ignores the importance of social returns or 'externalities' (e.g. knowledge spill-over effects), which normally justify the intervention, but which are harder to measure.

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Record Number: 6837 / Last updated on: 2005-04-26
Category: SEC DOCUMENT