Evaluation: Tool for Policy Design or Brake for Reform? Anthology of the European Commission's Research Evaluation
On Prospective Technology Studies, KIT Scientific Reports 7599, ISBN 978-3-86644-731-8
14 Pages Posted: 8 Jun 2013
Date Written: 2009
The issue is evaluation a tool for policy design or brake for reform is addressed in the context of the European Commission’s research evaluation.
The conclusion is that it could be both, depending on a plethora of factors and circumstances. In 1994 new legislation obliged the European Commission to enhance its research evaluation relating to joint European research and technological development activities. In response to this, the Commission services made every effort to comply with the introduced legislation and minimize potential conflictual situations with legislators.
The author actively participated in the process during this challenging phase. He headed the European Commission services responsible for the initiation, elaboration, introduction and implementation of the then novel evaluation scheme. This paper is based on the author’s long hands-on experience in the complex European research environment. But its findings and conclusions have validity when dealing with research supported by public funds.
The paper expresses the author’s own views and opinions.
Keywords: EU research, evaluation, monitoring, policy design
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