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Evaluation and Monitoring of FACCE-JPI activities

To monitor FACCE-JPI joint activities and evaluate the FACCE-JPI process, the Governing Board adopted a Monitoring and Evaluation Framework document at its meeting of October 21st, 2013. This paper is the result of an analysis of the best suited procedures and tools for monitoring and evaluation of the joint activities launched by FACCE-JPI, and was compiled thanks to the collaboration of members of Work Package 3 of the FACCE Coordination and Support Action, with support from the Secretariat.

Different approaches to the processes of monitoring and evaluating JPIs and similar public programmes have been explored as a first step, but overall the experiences are weak. JPIs TO CO-WORK[1] constructed a framework specifically tailored to the specific character of Joint Programming Initiatives, and JPND (Neurodegenerative Diseases) has developed another framework based on the Logical Framework Analysis[2].

However none of the evaluations mentioned before have been conducted until now, which is a chance for FACCE-JPI to take a leading role in the development of evaluation guidelines for JPIs. Nonetheless, the frameworks constructed by JPND and JPIs TO CO-WORK provide the foundation for the FACCE-JPI evaluation framework.   

In general the monitoring and evaluation framework identifies three targets of FACCE – JPI:

Target 1.             


Improve the alignment of national and European research programmes

Target 2.                        


Increase high quality transnational research activities within food security, agriculture and climate change

Target 3.       


Improve the societal impact on the challenge of food security, agriculture and climate change

  • Monitoring is regarded as the iterative process of checking the progress of FACCE-JPIs joint actions and the respective projects by continuously collecting information to analyse the potential to make improvements and increase efficiency (= Part 1 of the framework paper). Furthermore, the collected data provides an integral source of information for the evaluation process. Monitoring needs to be specifically tailored to the respective joint action or project. In addition, a set of key questions aiming at the three FACCE JPI targets, specific aspects of each project have to be taken into account, thus making it necessary to further elaborate the monitoring according to the characteristics of the respective joint action. This has been done for the pilot action“Knowledge Hub MACSUR”and been integrated as a case study in this paper.
  • The FACCE-JPI evaluation will focus on the organisation, process and outcomes of target 1, which requires a continuous effort and forms the organisational basis of the JPI and will focus on outcomes of targets 2 and 3, which are iterative processes, at a later stage.

Download the FACCE-JPI Monitoring and Evaluation Framework paper here.

[1] JPIs TO CO-WORK is JPIs to Co‐Work is a project funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme. The objective of this project is to provide a forum to continue the discussion, exchange of experiences and best practices, as well as the implementation of a process of mutual learning, amongst on-going and future JPIs.

[2] For more on the Logical Framework Analysis, see section