Reforming research assessment
05. Aug 2022
On 20 July 2022, the final version of an Agreement on Reforming Research Assessment has been released and is awaiting endorsement by research stakeholders.
The agreement reflects a common vision whereas the assessment of research, researchers and research institutions should recognise the diverse outputs, practices and activities that maximise the quality and impact of research. This requires assessment to be based primarily on qualitative judgement (in particular peer-review), only supported by responsible use of quantitative indicators. The agreement includes the principles, commitments and timeframe for necessary reforms, and foresees a coalition of organisations implementing related changes.
The agreement has been prepared by representatives from the European University Association (EUA), Science Europe, the European Commission, and by Dr Karen Stroobants as an individual expert. A core group of 20 research organisations, representing the diversity of the research community across Europe, contributed to the drafting process. In addition, a broad range of research actors and organisations has also provided feedback.
Organisations involved in research assessment, based in Europe or further afield, are encouraged to sign the Agreement (in order to join the Coalition which is restricted to not-for-profit organisations). The collection of signatures will be launched on 28 September at the Research and Innovation Days. The first meeting of the General Assembly of the Coalition is expected to take place in late autumn 2022.