Research Policy and Programme Evaluation

Research Policy and Programme Evaluation refers to the analyses and assessments carried out by research organisations to inform their strategies and help with their management and funding decisions. Such analyses can also be performed for the purposes of accountability to policymakers and the public. Evaluation activities support the efficiency, quality and impact of a research organisation’s operation. Potential objects of evaluation are: research funding agencies, research institutes, funding policies, research fields or scientific disciplines, funding schemes and research grants.

The Working Group brings together a large number of evaluation experts from Science Europe’s Member Organisations to work on the evaluation objectives laid out by the Science Europe Roadmap. Ultimately, the ambition of such work is to foster enhanced research evaluation activities within Member Organisations.

In particular, Member Organisations use the Working Group as a platform for the continued development of evaluation activities, to explore the alignment of evaluation methodologies and to contribute to the development and implementation of standards for the definition, acquisition, storage, analysis and sharing of evaluation-related data. Moreover, the Working Group is the voice of policy evaluation experts within Science Europe.

The improvement of research evaluation activities within Member Organisations serves two main strategic objectives of Science Europe:

  • Facilitating science – by improving the evidence base at the disposal of policy makers, and by supporting the production of more effective strategies.
  • Communicating science – by increasing transparency regarding the contributions of research and the research system to scientific, socio-economic, cultural and other progress, and by supporting Science Europe in framing its policy message.

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