An evaluation standard covering 5 key dimensions
The external evaluation standard defines the scope of the evaluation, the requirements relating to the content of the self-evaluation report and the criteria that the panel of expert peers will use to evaluate the institution’s level of response.
This standard revolves around five key dimensions:
- Institutional positioning: the institution identifies its positioning vis-à-vis its remit and its values in the world of higher education, research and innovation;
- Institutional strategy: the institution develops an institutional strategy vis-à-vis its remit, its positioning and its undertakings;
- Organisation: this corresponds to the structural choices made by the institution concerning its internal organisational structure, in order to ensure the performance of its missions and the implementation of its strategy;
- Governance: this includes all bodies, measures, regulations and decision-making circuits dedicated to the development and implementation of the institution’s strategy. The governance of the institution involves both the political and administrative domains and mobilises the Quality policy;
- Management: this covers the management tools and methods used by the establishment for the operational implementation of its strategy. This includes the information system used to ensure the monitoring of activities and provide management support, in addition to the mobilisation of human and material resources in all activities year after year.
The practice of self-evaluation
The external evaluation is based on the self-evaluation report produced by the institution, whose ability to analyse its own performance is considered to be a crucial factor by the experts, who can use 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 deployed for each activity;
- explanation of the management indicators chosen by the cluster 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 dimension and limiting descriptive approaches to the strict minimum required to understand how the activities are organised.
Standard for external evaluation