Research programmes

Research programmes are periodically assessed by international review committees. What criteria are used in a research review? What does QANU offer? And what does a QANU report look like?

Research programmes are reviewed according to the Standard Evaluation Protocol 2015-2021, created by the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU), Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). In a research review, the quality, relevance and viability of research at a research unit are evaluated. In addition, the scientific, societal and strategic aspects of research are considered alongside the mission and the management structure of a research unit. Peer review is at the heart of these evaluations; a committee of independent international experts is responsible for the final conclusions. During the review process, the committee is assisted by a secretary.

Prior to a site visit, the research unit provides a self-assessment report in which it evaluates its organisation, strategy and results in terms of research quality, social relevance and viability. During the site visit, the review committee verifies the information provided in the self-assessment report by interviewing the Programme Management, Head(s) of Research, researchers and doctoral students. Based on all information at its disposal, the commission determines whether a programme meets the criteria specified in the Standard Evaluation Protocol. The research review results in a report written by the committee members.

QANU has expertise and experience in all aspects of the evaluation process. QANU provides an experienced secretary to accompany the site visit and support the committee. QANU delivers the final report to the research unit and the Executive Board on behalf of the committee. Additionally, QANU could approach proposed committee members and take care of logistical and financial arrangements.

Due to its international character and specialised nature, the organisation of research reviews is challenging and time-consuming. Evaluation of research clusters in particular, in which research units are jointly reviewed, require extensive preparation time. QANU specialises in cluster reviews and provides support to research units and evaluation committees throughout the entire review process. 

For more information on the advantages of working with QANU, please contact Meg van Bogaert, coordinator research programmes.

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