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ERINA+ is a project partially funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Program and composed as a consortium of four partners (Engineering Ingegneria Informatica S.p.A., the Zentrum fur Soziale Innovation, T6 Ecosystem S.r.l. and Eurokleis S.r.l.). The main objective of ERINA+ is to evaluate the impact of e-Infrastructure funded projects through the deployment of an effective socio-economic methodology as well as proposing, by the end of the project activities, a pro-active self-assessment methodology.

The European Commission (EC) through the 8th e-Infrastructure Concertation meeting has highlighted the need for impact assessment at project level by dedicating a session on ‘Socio-Economic Evaluation of e-Infrastructures’ which aim was the following: the EC, currently monitoring FP7 implementation and developing EU policy in the perspective of FP8, has declared a clear need for assessing the EC investments in the area of e-Infrastructures. As highlighted in the Communication "Responding to Strategic Needs: Reinforcing the use of evaluation", a rigorous evidence-based decision-making (contrary to an opinion-based) process is crucial for planning, designing and implementing the EU policies.


Joint Work Plan

An overview of the work plan is:
  • ERINA+ to organise appropriate focus group meetings to enable participation on developing the methodology, and provide support for using the methodology and disseminate IGE's involvement.
  • IGE to make available the data necessary for the impact assessment activities, participate in the scheduled focus group meetings in 2011, submit appropriate information and data to the online questionnaires which contribute to the methodology, and provide feedback to the ERINA+ team on the methodology and impact assessment exercise.
Steve Crouch,
12 Jun 2012, 06:04