Using indicators, surveys and studies, EKT operates as a monitoring mechanism for public funding support and promotes highly-skilled human resources as one of the strengths of the Greek research and innovation system.
An important pillar in EKT's actions is the development of the mechanism for monitoring and assessing the four actions of the Operational Programme 'Development of Human Resources, Education and Life-long Learning' which are designed to support young researchers/scientists:
- Acquisition of Academic Teaching Experience for new/young doctorate holders/Scientists' for the assigning of independent teaching courses in higher education institutions
- Strengthening human research resources through implementing doctoral research and supporting postdoctoral studies - second cycle aims to support young researchers and produce valuable research results
- Postdoctoral researcher support with grants for researchers to set up postdoctoral research in Greece
- Support for young researchers in funding proposals of research groups composed of 50% young researchers.
With extensive statistical surveys of the beneficiaries, EKT collects data during the implementation of the action and ensures that relevant indicators are systematically and directly fed into EKT's monitoring mechanism allowing the best possible tracking of the implementation of interventions and assessment of the impact that they have on the beneficiaries, the host institutions and the country's wider research system.
Indicators include details on beneficiaries (demographics, qualifications, scientific fields, etc. intention mobility) and the assessment of actions (satisfaction from participation in Action, proposed improvements, achievements etc. ), based on the objectives of financial aid (utilisation of human resources in combating brain drain, tackling unemployment of young scientists, producing research projects, co-operation, acquiring academic experience).
Results are published in EKT's special reports and on the OP Human Resources Development, Education and Lifelong Learning
Apart from this Act, EKT uses a range of other data collected in its role as agent and national statistical authority such as bibliometric performance, participation in research projects, researchers in the public and private sector, women researchers, National Archive of Phd theses, to help understand the spatial and cognitive behaviour of this specialised human resource , an issue with ever greater impact in all developed economies of the world.