Assessing the Impact Pathways of IA/RIA SC5 Projects through the Use of Portfolio Analysis (GA No 869746)

Logo of the project "IMPACT-SC5"

Funding Source

European Commission – Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises


HORIZON 2020 – “Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials”


November 2019 – June 2021 (20 months)

Total budget

600.000 €


Q-PLAN role


Contact person(s)

Mr. Kevin Trendafili,



The IMPACT-SC5 project aims at assessing the impacts of the 87 RIA and IA projects funded under the SC5 Work Programme 2014-15 looking at them in terms of their scientific, economic, societal and environmental performance, both individually and across portfolios of projects.

In this context, the scientific, economic, societal and environmental performance of the 87 RIA and IA projects under scrutiny will be measured by means of a well-designed set of indicators. A portfolio analysis will complement the project-level analysis in order to determine how projects perform together in relation to different objectives. Overall, IMPACT-SC5 will

  • explore how impacts come together, i.e. the SC5 impact pathways,
  • identify good practices and
  • draw recommendations for policymakers and potential EU research funding beneficiaries to increase the impacts of future SC5 projects.

Particular attention will be paid to the broad and changing policy contexts to ensure a holistic approach for a better understanding of the performance (and the underlying factors) of the 87 projects.

Last but not least, throughout the project, stakeholder engagement will be strongly fostered towards accomplishing a greater visibility and extroversion of the project’s results. To this end, five (5) thematic stakeholder co-creation events will be digitally organised to validate the concepts and indicators developed and co-create policy recommendations.

Q-PLAN responsibilities

  • Leader of WP2 – Collection of information on projects and statistical analysis
  • Design and implementation of an individualised online survey to collect information on the impacts of the 87 projects under scrutiny;
  • Design and administration of targeted interviews with the coordinators of the 87 projects as well as selected project partners;
  • Statistical analysis of all quantitative and qualitative data collected to serve the overall assessment of the projects.
  • Extraction of policy recommendations on national and European level to facilitate the enhancement of SC5 impacts’ diffusion and uptake;
  • Responsible for the organisation of the digital co-creation and validation workshops that aim to validate the developed concepts and indicators and the co-creation with national stakeholders of policy recommendation;
  • Development and maintenance of a dedicated online platform for the project;
  • Participation and performance of awareness raising activities and dissemination of the project’s results through national and EU-wide connections and networks