Monitoring and Evaluation

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.  

[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

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

On 15 February 2017 secretariat members of FACCE-JPI met to discuss interfaces and interaction between the work package (WP) 4 “Monitoring and Evaluation” and task 6.5 “Valorisation of results” being part of WP6 “Communication”. One objective was to develop a clear and mutual understanding of the terms “Monitoring”, “Evaluation”, “Valorisation” and “Impact Assessment”, which can be found hereafter.


  • is the process of continuous data collection to ensure progress of action
  • is a continuous process
  • is based on indicators (and their targets)


  • is the assessement / analysis of data
  • is a process to qualify and review the collected data
  • is performed at a specific date


  • is the communication of scientific results and their value to a specific target group
  • is audience dependent (e.g. stakeholder, policy, researcher, public)
  • results / data need to be "translated" into a comprehensible form

Impact Assessment

  • analyses whether the outcomes influence a specific target group (e.g. stakeholders, policy, science or society)
  • shows the effect of outcomes
  • does the outcome result in a desired consequence?