Evaluation requirements

An evaluation standard covering 3 criteria

The evaluation standard for research entities establishes the requirements relating to the content of the research entity’s self-evaluation report, and in parallel, the requirements for the external evaluation report produced by the panel of expert peers. Above all, it specifies the manner in which activities or outcomes can be characterised and emphasised prior to the qualitative peer evaluation.

This standard describes the three chosen evaluation criteria, which cover all activities and outcomes of research entities:

  • The quality of research activities and products, including:
    • The production of knowledge, reputation and attractiveness,
    • Interactions with the economic, social and cultural environment, and with the health sector,
    • Involvement in research-based training.
  • The organisational structure and general activities of the research unit
  • The five-year strategy and development plan.

The requirements for the content of the self-evaluation report can be summarised in the presentation of:

  • the scientific policy of the research entity: its remit, its scientific objectives and its strategy for the current contract;
  • the chosen research topics and fields: summary of actions undertaken to attain the objectives and results obtained;
  • any changes and the reasons for introducing them.

The entity carries out a SWOT analysis, which is attached to its self-evaluation of prior activities. This analysis concerns the strategy and the scientific opportunities that the entity intends to pursue in the future, in light of the type of research it has carried out, its current strategy and the missions assigned to it.

An evaluative judgement in the form of a written appraisal

The evaluations are not graded or scored. For each criterion evaluated, the panels of experts, after mentioning the strengths, the areas to be improved and making recommendations, write a global synthesis report that acts as an evaluative judgement.