An evaluation of the Community's TIDE (Technology Initiative for Disabled and Elderly people) pilot action (1991-1992) was carried out by an independent evaluation committee at the request of the TIDE office. The evaluation report has now been published and is available in a full report version (40 pages) and in a shorter summary version including the committee recommendations (30 pages). The TIDE pilot action received funding of ECU 18 million for the period 1991-1992. The pilot action was launched to respond to concerns about the high level of fragmentation on the supply side in rehabilitation and assistive technology and the many fundamentally different approaches to the management and provision of support at national level in the Community. A total of 70 proposals were received following the first call for participation in the programme and 21 projects were selected for funding. These included projects aimed at adapting smarter homes for the elderly and disabled, enabling blind people to access computer applications through graphical user interfaces, developing a modular environmental control and communications system and improving advanced computer-based instruments to rehabilitate people with speech or hearing disabilities. The TIDE evaluation report was prepared for the European Parliament, the Commission, the Council, the Economic and Social Committee and the Member States. It contains a set of recommendations for the future management and operation of the programme. The evaluation is presented under the following headings: - Consolidation of an R&D framework; - User involvement; - Technology innovation; - Standardization; - Ethical and human rights' issues; - Products and exploitation; - Programme management and support. The evaluation concluded that the pilot action was remarkably successful in mobilizing and coordinating a diverse group of organizations and workers across the Community. It demonstrated that they are capable of acting effectively together and that there is a strong identity of interest between the social, commercial and technical objectives of the participants and the direction and emphasis within the work plan. The committee hopes that TIDE will be developed and supported to ensure that the opportunities and benefits of new information and communications technologies, products and services, are harnessed for the benefit of the disabled and elderly.