Study on Structural Impacts of Projects funded by the Erasmus+ Capacity Building in Higher Education action

Dear Colleagues,
We are pleased to be sharing with you the Study on Structural Impacts of Projects funded by the Erasmus+ ‘Capacity Building in Higher Education (CBHE)’ action”.
The SPHERE consortium (University of Barcelona and the European University Association) was tasked by the European Commission/EACEA to undertake a study of the impact of the Erasmus+ Capacity Building in Higher Education (CBHE) action, with a particular focus on Structural Projects (SP), on the
higher education systems in Central Asia, the Eastern Partnership, Russia, the Southern Mediterranean and the Western Balkans. The study was requested at a moment when the Erasmus+ programming period of 2014-2020 was closing and plans were underway to shape the new generation of actions for the period 2021-2027. Structural Projects aim at producing an impact on higher education systems and promoting reforms at national and/or regional level in the eligible Partner Countries. These projects typically focus on two different categories of activities: modernisation of policies, governance
and management of higher education systems; strengthening of relations between higher education systems and the wider economic and social environment.’ This comprehensive report examines the type of impact achieved, the degree of impact, tangible versus intangible impacts, and
immediate versus long-term impact. It also explores whether the causal relationship between projects and impact is direct or indirect. The study has been highly useful to the European Commission as a means to assess the results achieved in the Partner Countries’ higher education systems and to design the new E+ programme for the years 2021-2028. We hope that it may also be useful to provoke thinking on future projects in your system.
You can also find the report available for download on the SPHERE Website,
under ‘Publications’.