Standard Evaluation Protocol 2003-2009 for Public Research Organisations

Vereniging van Universiteiten (VSNU), Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen (KNAW), Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (NWO)

2003 | free

This protocol is a consequence of the report 'Kwaliteit verplicht' ('Quality obliges') of the working group 'Kwaliteitszorg Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek' (Quality Assurance Scientific Research). The report outlines a new national evaluation system for publicly funded research in the Netherlands.

Within these outlines the three main Dutch organisations responsible for publicly funded research - the universities, the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) - defined this protocol for practical use in all coming research evaluations conducted under their auspices. In this evaluation system all publicly funded research is evaluated once every six years.

Once every three years research units will produce a self-evaluation, alternating between preparation for the external evaluation and serving as an internal mid-term evaluation. The evaluation system aims at three objectives with regard to research and research management:

  • Improvement of the quality of research through an assessment carried out according to international standards of quality and relevance;
  • Improvement of research management and leadership;
  • Accountability to higher levels of the research organisations and funding agencies, government, and society at large.

An important condition is also to keep the administrative burden as low as possible. For that reason these evaluations are intended to serve all regular public evaluation goals.