Horizon 2020 to Horizon Europe

Transition to using Impact Pathways

Online, Wednesday 16 June – 10:00-12:30 CEDT

The IMPACT-SC5 Final Dissemination Workshop aimed at communicating and promoting the results of our IMPACT-SC5 project among EU and national policymakers, R&I policy evaluation experts as well as any other interested stakeholders.

In parallel, insights and input were collected on the policy and project management recommendations from the participants to feed the Final report of our study.


Impact-SC5 is a Horizon 2020 project that reviews the 87 RIAs ans IAs, funded under the Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5 Work Programme 2014-2015, in terms of their scientific, economic, societal and environmental performance and impacts, both individually and across portfolios of projects.

The IMPACT-SC5 project evaluated 87 projects from the Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5 ‘Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials’. These 87 projects were Research and Innovation Actions (RIA) and Innovation Actions (IA) awarded under the 2014-2015 work programme.

Moving from Horizon 2020 to Horizon Europe, the European Commission wants to be able to determine the impact of projects beyond the duration of a project with its immediate (short-term) results: impact pathways.
A novel element to IMPACT-SC5 is therefore the development of an evaluation framework and set of indicators to determine if, based on the short-term results, longer-term shifts in science, society and economy could be expected. This assessment was not only carried out for the 87 individual projects, but also for logical groupings of projects (portfolios).

During this final dissemination workshop, we presented the findings of the IMPACT-SC5 project including policy and project management recommendations. Within the context of impact pathway approach, we invited participants to critically reflect on our findings to develop guidelines and tools for:

  1. writers of the work programmes and call topics;
  2. implementing agencies tasked with the evaluation and monitoring of projects;
  3. applicants

Horizon Europe describes ‘pathway to impact’ as: logical steps towards the achievement of the expected impacts of the project over time, in particular beyond the duration of a project. A pathway begins with the projects’ results, to their dissemination, exploitation and communication, contributing to the expected outcomes in the work programme topic, and ultimately to the wider scientific, economic and societal impacts of the work programme destination.

Workshop agenda

Time (duration)TopicSpeaker
10:00-10:05Welcome and introductionIMPACT-SC5 consortium
10:05-10:20From Horizon 2020 to Horizon Europe – policy and implementation:

European Commission DG RTD, Šimon Trlifaj, Economic and Policy Analyst
10:20-11:20IMPACT-SC5 project. In this block the partners will present the objectives, methods, results and recommendations.
Presentation of the project and its methodologyTECNALIA, Naiara Uribe Labandeira, IMPACT-SC5 Coordinator
Results at project levelQ-PLAN, Kevin Trendafili
Results at portfolio levelVTT, Janne Lehenkari
Evaluation recommendationsQ-PLAN, Foteini Psarra
11:20- 11:50Panel discussion / presentation on impact pathwaysŠimon Trlifaj, Economic and Policy Analyst, European Commission DG RTD,

Nicholas S. Vonortas
Director, Institute for International Science and Technology Policy
Professor IISTP & Department of Economics.

Professor Nicolaos Theodossiou, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Civil Engineer, Associate Professor, Division of Hydraulics and Environmental Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering, School of Technology

11:50-12:30Open discussion with practitioners from national/EU policy, funding and implementation agencies, project coordinators and partners and anyone interested to contribute to enhancing impact from research and innovation. The aim is to validate and improve our recommendations for policy implementation and project management.All participants
1 Comment
  1. Tamar Shervashidze 3 years ago

    Please, register me

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