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The Academy monitors the quality of scientific pursuit in the Netherlands. The aim of its quality assurance and assessment activities is to enable the system of science and scholarship to function efficiently, effectively and in line with the stated research targets and societal objectives.
The Academy is involved in quality assessment in three ways:
Scientific quality cannot be assessed only on the basis of scientific publications and citation impact. That is far from sufficient for many disciplines. The standard methods for quality assessment disregard important parts of the research field. Examples include designs and software in the construction disciplines, or Dutch-language books and articles that are not taken into account in the citation statistics. The Academy advises on proper assessment criteria in a wide range of disciplines. There are reports about the design and construction disciplines and the humanities, and a report about the social sciences in being prepared.
The Evaluating Research in Context platform was set up specifically to make researchers and administrators of research organisations more aware of the need to assess the societal impact of research. ERiC’s mission is to assess the societal quality and impact of research. ERiC informs, advises, supports, publishes, organises meetings and runs pilot projects. In all these activities, it is in the vanguard in the Netherlands and in Europe. The Academy, NWO, VSNU and the Higher Professional Education (HBO) Council participate in ERiC, the office is located at NWO.
For more information about ERiC:
SIAMPI is a European consortium of knowledge and scientific institutions. The consortium develops evaluation methods for measuring the societal impact of research. SIAMPI focuses on the productive interactions between researchers and civil-society stakeholders. One of the hallmarks of the SIAMPI approach is the involvement from the outset not only of researchers who conduct socially relevant research, but also of stakeholders. Both groups are helping to develop a set of criteria and indicators best suited to identifying which productive interactions ensure the societal impact of research.
For more information about SIAMPI:
The Academy, the NWO and the VSNU have adopted the Standard Evaluation Protocol 2009-2015 – (SEP) for evaluating research. The protocol is suitable for broad research assessments, including researcher training. The SEP provides guidelines for evaluating and improving research and research policy.
An assessment according to the SEP 2009 - 2015 consists of an external evaluation conducted once every six years and involving a self-evaluation report and a site visit, and an internal midterm review midway between two external reviews.
The three organisations are responsible for the SEP and any subsequent protocol in 2015.
For more information about SEP