Principles and methodology

The institutional evaluation, organised by Hcéres, must enable a judgement to be made about the research body’s ability to develop its strategy, to implement it internally by adopting an appropriate organisational system, to use management and monitoring tools for its activities, and to adjust its strategy where applicable. It is a dialogue tool which is essential to the establishment of a contract between the State and the research body.

It should be noted that evaluations of research bodies are organised by the Hcéres Department of Research Evaluation. The institutional evaluation focuses on analysing the progress made by the body during its recent years of activity, with particular emphasis on the conduct of development policies for its activities and of the associated continuous improvement cycles in relation to the adopted strategy. The evaluations are based on a generic standard adapted on a case-by-case basis and conducted by a panel of experts on a collegial basis, and in compliance with the Hcéres Evaluation Charter. These experts are peers with experience of governance and institutional management.

All evaluation reports are available to the public: they enable the supervising ministries and partners of the research body (local authorities, partners from the socio-economic sector, etc.) to obtain information about research bodies in an identical format for each body.