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Evaluation and Impact Assessment for EU R&D Framework Programmes

Large attendance on Dec 3 in the the European Parliament at the workshop co-organised by the french CLORA and the czech CZELO, in cooperation with the STOA (Science and Technology Options Assessment)of the European Parliament.

Over 200 people turned up at the event organised, in the context of the French Presidency, jointly by CLORA (CLub des Organismes français de Recherche Associés, http://www.clora.eu) and CZELO (Czech Liaison Office for Research and Development, http://www.czelo.cz) in cooperation with STOA (the European Parliament's Science and Technology Options Assessment body, http://www.europarl.europa.eu/stoa/default_en.htm). The workshop came as a timely and appropriate event in the context of the Ljubliana process and the Commission initiatives in the wake of the Green Paper on ERA, some of which were discussed at the Competitiveness Council the day before the workshop. Indeed, an objective and transparent evaluation of the impact of the past and current framework programmes appears to be a necessary step before embarking on the mid-term review of the 7th Framework Programme and establishing a governance model for European research for a 2020 perspective. Also the workshop appeared to be a good preparatory event in view of the planned EUFORDIA 2009 (European Forum on Research & Development Impact Analysis) to take place in Prague on 24 & 25 February 2009 under the Czech Presidency (http://www.eufordia2009.eu/). Contributing to the workshop were no less than four MEPs (two being members of the STOA Panel and all four from the ITRE Committee), as well as representatives of the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research, the Academy of Science of the Czech Republic, the Czech Government, the European Commission, the European Court of Auditors and various European research stakeholders (industry, university, research organisations, think tanks). The workshop was introduced by Philippe Busquin, MEP, STOA Chairman and member of the ITRE Committee, and Armel de la Bourdonnay from the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research. Philippe Busquin said: "I am pleased to see such an initiative to involve all European research stakeholders in this discussion: we need to work together to measure, understand and improve the impact and the efficiency of our research efforts, if we want to tackle successfully the grand societal challenges ahead of us and enhance the competitiveness of the European industry". The workshop was an excellent opportunity to provide a rather comprehensive overview of the tools and methods used for research programme evaluation and to present some first available results of the FP6 evaluation, with a focus on specific research themes (Information and Communication Technologies) or instruments (Networks of Excellence) or research-actor categories, (Joint Research Center, SMEs, Industry, Research & Technology Organisations), as well as national impact studies (Sweden). The evaluation approach applied within the European Institutions (European Commission, European Court of Auditors) and the follow-up to implement the outcome of the evaluation were also addressed. The event was concluded by inviting the audience to continue supporting the evaluation process and to attend the forthcoming EUFORDIA 2009 conference in Prague. All presentations made during the workshop can be found on the STOA site http://www.europarl.europa.eu/stoa/default_en.htm

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evaluation & impact assessment

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Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czechia, Germany, Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Spain, Finland, France, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Latvia, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Slovenia, Slovakia