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Evaluation principles

The evaluation sets out to analyse the strengths and weaknesses of a unit and enable it to find out more clearly where it stands in its scientific and geographic environment. It also provides its supervising bodies with the information necessary for decision-making. Lastly, it is aimed at providing the department for the evaluation of institutions with information for the overall analysis of the institution's research strategy.

What you need to know

The analysis of the unit is based on six evaluation criteria:

  • scientific quality and output;
  • academic reputation and drawing power;
  • interactions with the social, economic and cultural environment;
  • organisation and life of the institution;
  • involvement in training by research;
  • strategy and scientific prospects for the next contract.

These criteria are graded on a four-tier scale: A+, A, B and C. The evaluation seeks first of all to determine the quality of scientific production. The following are also looked at:

  • scientific reputation;
  • active participation in national and international networks and programmes;
  • risk-taking in research (particularly at subject interfaces);
  • consideration given to the world of social demand;
  • responsibilities in research management (national, international) or publication of journals (editor-in-chief) or international collections (director);
  • investment in disseminating scientific culture;
  • applied research or expertise.