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24 Oct 2017

EC publishes EIT Evaluation Report

The European Commission (EC) has recently published an evaluation report on the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). The evaluation is part of the HORIZON 2020 Interim Evaluation and was carried out by a group of external experts. The evaluation team analysed EIT performance data and conducted primary research consisting of stakeholder interviews at EIT and Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) level, surveys of KIC partners, graduates and business beneficiaries, an open public consultation, and case studies of specific features of the EIT model.

The evaluators found that the uniqueness of the EIT model and its Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) was corroborated. Its approach of focusing on societal challenges, the Knowledge Triangle education-research-innovation, as well as working on more entrepreneurial education and cooperation between higher education and enterprises is unique and innovative. The first of the EIT KICs are well on the way towards producing measurable impact, in the form of innovations introduced to the market, innovative businesses created and accelerated, and graduates provided with entrepreneurial skills. Amongst other factors, their success is also due to the open access for KIC partners to the-cross border KICs network, and the notable financial support provided for the initial phase. However the evaluation finds that currently the KICs still form too much of a closed community connected to their own ecosystem. The next step should therefore be to open up CLCs and to be more open for new partners. The implementation of sustainable financial strategies for each KIC is also required.

The evaluation makes a number of recommendations for the EIT, including the following:

  • The EIT should work with the European Commission to streamline the goals that the initiative is expected to achieve.
  • The EIT should revise its communication strategy with the objective of increasing stakeholder awareness and knowledge about the EIT and its results.
  • The EIT should work with the KICs to improve the transparency of the process through which innovation projects are selected, and ensure that grant funding outcomes and decision rationales are transparently communicated to applicants and KIC partners more widely.
  • The EIT and the KICs should focus on using examples of good practice and results (both in terms of model and impact) as the basis for policy dialogue and interaction.
  • The EIT should seek to capitalise on its position as a pan-European response to innovation challenges in Europe.

The EIT Evaluation documents can be downloaded here.

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