Community Research and Development Information Service - CORDIS


RTD evaluation toolbox - Assessing the socio-economic impact of RTD policies

Project ID: HPV1-CT-1999-00005


The assessment and development of methods and mechanisms to evaluate the socio-economic impact of public RTD policies constitutes a highly relevant component for the efficient articulation and improvement of science and technology policy. The EPUB - thematic network main objective is to provide a better understanding of the dynamics of science and technology by helping to investigate the socio-economic impact of private/public RTD policies at a micro/macro level. In this context, a special emphasis is given to analyse and review the rationales, concepts, methodologies and indicators generally applied in RTD evaluation and to investigate the implications for evaluation of new S&T policy approaches. The network also facilitates the sharing and diffusion of knowledge, techniques and tools applied in RTD evaluation. The EPUB thematic network constitutes a pilot action aiming at supporting European RTD policy making and improving efficiency in RTD policy actions. The project was structured in two work packages (WP) organised around a series of nine workshops and a final conference to be held over a period of two years, from 2000 to 2002. The RTD Evaluation Toolbox constitutes a compendium of current methods and practices used in the field of RTD policy evaluation. It is hoped that this effort evidences the close interaction that exists nowadays between evaluation and policy making and the possibilities it brings for mutual learning and cross fertilisation.

This report is available free of charge on the website of the JRC Institute for Prospective Technological Studies:

Additional information

Authors: FAHRENKROG G, European Commission, Joint Research Council, Institute for Prospective Technological Studies, Seville (ES);TÜBKE A (EDITORS), European Commission, Joint Research Council, Institute for Prospective Technological Studies, Seville (ES);POLT W, Joanneum Research, Vienna (AT);ROJO J, Joanneum Research, Vienna (AT);ZINÖCKER K (EDITORS), Joanneum Research, Vienna (AT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 20382 EN (2002), 271pp. Free of charge
Availability: Available from European Commission, JRC Knowledge Management Unit, Ispra (IT) Tel: +39 033278 9843 or +39 033278 9864 Fax: +39 033278 9623 E-mail:
Follow us on: RSS Facebook Twitter YouTube Managed by the EU Publications Office Top