All Horizon Europe Partnerships must formulate a reference monitoring framework, based on the general, specific, and operational objectives of their strategic agendas, allowing the progress to be tracked, towards achieving the specific Partnership goals.
Such monitoring frameworks focus on Partnership-specific objectives and indicators, while being comparable, in terms of standards and methodology. The proposed frameworks are meant to allow for a low-burden assessment of the community achievements and their impact, over time, as well as the potential need for corrective measures.
Progress towards EOSC-specific policy objectives and deliverables is tracked through a series of monitoring systems, including the Additional Activities planning and reporting and the monitoring of the EOSC Partnership’s key performance indicators (KPIs) as defined in the Monitoring Framework.
Additional Activities: Planning and reporting
According to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the Co-Programmed European Partnership for EOSC, Additional Activities are defined as the in-kind or financial contributions from EOSC Association members towards the objectives described by the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA). The contributions should cover only these activities which are not funded by the European Union (except for EC Structural funds as well as Recovery and Resilience Facility funds).
As the MoU highlights, contributions of EOSC Association Members to Additional Activities are subject to continuous monitoring and periodic reporting. The Association is committed to establish every year an “Additional Activities Plan” (AAP), which is subsequently approved by the Partnership Board, and to report annually on previously agreed and provided contributions.
Information obtained on the EOSC-A Members’ in-kind financial contributions to Additional Activities is essential to shape data-driven policy and to demonstrate that the Members of the Association are progressing towards the objectives set out by the SRIA.
Additional Activity Plan 2024
AAP Activity 2021-2023
A monitoring framework of the KPIs for the EOSC Partnership was pre-defined in the EOSC Partnership’s Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) and committed to in the EOSC Partnership’s Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). This initial monitoring framework was further refined through iterations between the Association and the EC.
The official EOSC Partnership’s Monitoring and Evaluation Framework (MF) was adopted on 7 April 2022, during the 3rd EOSC Partnership Board meeting. The MF addresses three General Objectives, nine Specific Objectives and 14 Operational Objectives from those pre-defined in the SRIA 2021 and committed to in the MoU.
In the MF, each operational and strategic objective is accompanied and to be monitored by a set of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), against KPI-specific targets. In total, there are 15 KPIs related to the Specific Objectives and 19 KPIs associated with the Operational Objectives. Each KPI is also accompanied by the description of the identifiable sources of information, as well as of the potential information provider/s. Each table thus identifies a data stream, from data source to data collection, including data reporting responsibilities.
The MF also includes the EOSC Partnership Glossary.
The implementation of the Monitoring Framework will progress during the coming months, with the aim to establish the baseline for all its indicators for the year 2022. This will begin with a consultation with the EOSC Task Forces and other stakeholders, until June 2022, and continue with the alignment of the different indicators with KPI-specific respondent groups. Data collections would begin in early autumn, until November 2022. The first report of the monitoring framework baselines is planned to be available in early spring 2023.
For any questions regarding the EOSC Partnership’s Additional Activities and Monitoring Framework, please contact our Monitoring Team.