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Evaluation of the Socrates programme

The European Commission's DG XXII for Education, Training and Youth has published advanced information concerning an invitation to tender for evaluation of the Socrates programme. The aim of the study is to evaluate the whole of the programme, both from a qualitative and quantitative viewpoint, as compared to the programme's general and specific aims, so as to make maximum use of the programme's results and impact.

The evaluation will take account of results obtained over the entire programme period (1995-1999) from its implementation in 1995, as well as in all participating countries.

The study should also take into consideration the cost-effectiveness ratio of the programme's actions. Finally, it will include a detailed analysis of the impact of Socrates on the world of education in Europe.

The Commission is looking for studies on specific aspects of the implementation and design of the Socrates programme. Furthermore, the Commission intends conducting four studies dealing with cross-disciplinary and specific issues of the programme with regard to quality and dynamism, and integrating the questions proposed by the Commission in this respect.

The contract will be divided into four different lots. The question to be examined, as well as the methodology proposed, will differ depending on each lot's theme. Applicants may tender for each lot separately. The lots will concern the following subjects:

- Participation of persons with special educational needs in the Socrates programme;
- Impact of the Socrates programme on the training of teachers in Europe;
- The European dimension in higher education: studies on the impact of Erasmus in specific domains;
- European transnational school partnerships and projects.

This contract is open to applicants from Member States of the European Union and the European Economic Area.

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