An evaluation standard covering 3 major domains
The external evaluation standard for research bodies constitutes the main methodological document. It is organised into three major domains relating to:
- the body’s institutional strategy and positioning, in light of its remit and its competencies in the national higher education, research and innovation landscape;
- the governance and management of the body: internal organisational structure of the body, governance pertaining to the development and implementation of the strategy, management in support of the operational rollout of the strategic project;
- the research body’s activities: management and monitoring of the body’s activities, progress made by the body.
The practice of self-evaluation
The external evaluation is based on the self-evaluation report produced by the research body, whose ability to analyse its own performance is considered to be a crucial factor by the experts, who can use the evidence produced and analysed to assess the institution’s maturity in terms of self-evaluation, and its level of empowerment and autonomy in the implementation of its institutional strategy.
The requirements for the content of the self-evaluation report can be summarised in the following manner:
- explanation of the method used and stakeholders involved in the implementation of the self-evaluation;
- presentation – per activity – of the institutional strategy implemented during the reference period being evaluated, and of the schemes implemented for each activity;
- explanation of the management indicators chosen by the research body for each activity;
- explanation – for each activity – of the data that the institution considers relevant to its external evaluation;
- a report focusing on the critical analysis aspects and limiting descriptive approaches to the strict minimum required to understand how the activities are organised.
Standard for external evaluation