Report on the mid-term evaluation of the Erasmus+ programme (2014-2020)

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Publication Date 31/01/2018
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Erasmus+ is the Union programme supporting actions in the fields of education and training, youth and sport. With a budget of €16.45 billion for the period 2014-2020, the programme aims to provide to over 4 million persons the opportunity to gain competences and have a personal, socio-educational and professional development through studies, training, work experiences or volunteering abroad worldwide.

Erasmus+ aims to foster quality improvements, innovation, excellence and internationalisation of organisations active in education and training, youth and sport. It also helps European countries to modernise and improve their education and training systems as well as their youth and sport policies, reinforcing their role as drivers for growth, employment, competitiveness, innovation and social cohesion.

This mid-term evaluation report on the Erasmus+ programme, including the evaluation of the long-term impact of its predecessor programmes, is accompanied by a staff working document (SWD) presenting all evidence. It builds on national reports submitted by the programme countries, an evaluation report by an external independent contractor, other reviewed studies, experience in managing the programme, and over a million responses from all interested parties.

The report assesses progress in implementing Erasmus+ in the period 2014-2016 in all participating countries, prior to the full budget increase. It also examines the long-term impact of seven predecessor programmes from the period 2007-2013 (ex post evaluation), including in partner countries.

The European Commission on 31 January 2018 adopted the mid-term evaluation of Erasmus+, the EU's flagship programme for education, training, youth and sport (2014-2020).

The report shows that the programme is well on track to meet its target of supporting 4 million learners, teachers and trainers by 2020. Moreover, Erasmus+ proves to be highly beneficial by supporting participants' transition to employment and contributing to the development of a European identity among EU citizens.

The report also highlights that Erasmus+ has a strong added value compared to what could be achieved by the participating countries on their own in boosting learning mobility and transnational cooperation between educational institutions.

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EUR-Lex: SWD(2018)40: Mid-term evaluation of the Erasmus+ programme (2014-2020)
European University Association: News, 02.02.18: Erasmus+: European Commission publishes midterm evaluation report

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