FP7 Marie Curie actions interim evaluation
The overall purpose of this assignment was to evaluate the Marie Curie Actions (MCA) under the FP7 People Programme: three host–driven actions and the specific action ‘Researchers' Night', with a specific focus on assessing the impact of the programme on the organisations participating in the Marie Curie Projects. The evaluation assessed interim results and impacts, by using a mix of quantitative and qualitative methods. Overall, the key objectives of the evaluation were:
- methodological: to propose and pilot–test a method for assessing the impact of the programme on the organisations participating in MCA and to revise the methodology for assessing the programme impact on researchers and impact assessment of research programmes;
- retrospective: to analyse the implementation of the MCA during 2007–2011 and compare the results with the previous framework programmes;
- prospective: to analyse the Marie Curie Actions in the light of the forthcoming (eighth) framework programme, to be named Horizon2020.
The evidence was gathered through a number of methods, including an extensive survey of programme's beneficiaries (individuals and organisations) and non–selected organisations, desk research, network analysis, interviews, case studies, SWOT analysis, and an additionality verification exercise based on a counterfactual design.