Network analysis of the FP7 participation
To date, no comprehensive ex-post evaluation has been undertaken to assess how far the networks and cooperation among the R&D and innovation have been supported through the different specific programmes (i.e., cooperation, ideas, people, and capacities) of the Seven Framework Programme have contributed to the achievement of the EU research and innovation policy. Such ex-post evaluation is required not only for legal purpose but also to better understand the effects of these networks and cooperation on the strengthening of capabilities at local, regional, and national level and the ways they have contributed to the improvement of the competitiveness of national economies. More specifically the call for tender specifies these two overarching evaluation questions:
- How far the network approach, promoted and implemented by FP7, contributed to the achievement of EU Research Policy objectives? What are the potentials and limits of this approach?
- What are the effects of networks for strengthening the overall innovation capabilities at local, regional and national level and how the networks contributed to the improvement of the competitiveness of national economies?