Evaluation of research


Research is evaluated for various reasons and at various moments in a researcher's career. These include the recruitment and promotion of academics, the evaluation of a research group, faculty or university, and the evaluation of project proposals and funding applications. In each of these situations, Ghent University chooses to evaluate responsibly.

Responsible research assessment

Responsible Research Assessment allows to make the diversity in research, between research domains and among researchers visible. It facilitates the recognition and reward of a broad spectrum of research activities, various forms of impact, and distinct career trajectories. Basic conditions for responsible evaluation are that each evaluation (1) is carefully thought out to meet the objectives of the evaluation, (2) is carried out with transparency and openness, and (3) is conducted by experts.

Ghent University defines 'responsible evaluation' through six dimensions that are incorporated in every evaluation. A practical guide indicates how Ghent University implements responsible research assessment in practice.

Responsible use of quantitative indicators

Ghent University rejects the inappropriate and irresponsible use of quantitative indicators in research evaluation. Quantitative indicators can, however, be used in evaluations when done in a responsible manner. The use of quantitative indicators should always be carefully considered by the organizers of an evaluation and tested against a number of quality criteria. Researchers can use (certain) quantitative indicators in the context of Ghent University (e.g., in their CV) provided they do so in a responsible and well-considered way.