Combined evaluation of Erasmus+ and predecessor programmes
Erasmus+ remains the flagship programme of the EU. The findings of this evaluation confirm the continued relevance, effectiveness and popularity of the programme. The programme delivers high EU added value to direct beneficiaries (learners and practitioners) but also organisations and indirectly also to policies and systems. The evaluation also documents the improved coherence of the programme and positive cost-effectiveness of actions funded. One quarter of Europeans consider that student exchange programmes such as Erasmus are one of the most positive results of the EU0F1. This shows that... the programme contribution goes beyond the immediate results for beneficiaries. The programme is perceived by Europeans as one of the pillars of European identity. In the eyes of many, it symbolises several of the concrete benefits that the EU provides to its citizens. The integration of several predecessor programmes into a single programme has helped an even broader group to relate themselves to the positive image associated with the EU. The integrated programme benefits from the brand of the predecessor Erasmus strand and the related recognition by the broader public. This report summarises the findings of the evaluation of the Erasmus+ programme in the period 2014–2016 and the predecessor actions in the period 2007–2013. The analysis covers all sectors of the programme: education and training, youth and sport as well as Jean Monnet and the Student Loan Guarantee Facility. It also covers all types of actions funded. The evaluation furthermore offers a focused evaluation on an action currently piloted under the programme, eTwinning Plus.