Evaluation

Achieve excellence and maximise the impact of research policies and programmes

 

What we do

ESF-Science Connect provides our customers with independent evaluation of organisations including research funding organisations, research centres and networks, as well as evaluation of research policies and programmes. Our team has mastered state-of-the-art qualitative and quantitative methods and we have subject matter expertise across all science domains.

We work with recognised research-based methodologies providing the highest level of expertise in peer review and evaluation and we equip our clients with tools for the development of indicators and monitoring systems to evaluate their achievements in the future.

Our evaluation services include:

  • Institutional evaluation : Evaluating the strategy, governance, management structures, objectives and processes of an institution (e.g. research funding organisations)
  • Evaluation of programmes : Assessing programmes in terms of their structure, programmatic aspects and scientific value
  • Impact assessment : Quantifying the impact of research programmes, policies and projects
  • Ex-ante, formative and ex-post evaluations : Evaluating programmes, policies or projects before, during and after their implementation
  • Methodology used : Expert panel evaluations, surveys, stakeholder consultations, interviews, focus groups, counterfactual impact assessment, bibliometric review, etc.

Benefits of working with ESF-Science Connect

  • Tailored evaluation of a proven quality: we have a 42-year track record of evaluating research funding institutions, research programmes and projects in all domains of science
  • We draw on a large resource of science and policy experts recruited through our unique ESF Expert Database containing over 5,000 international academics
  • Clear criteria and indicators based on European & international standards
  • ESF is a trusted intermediary between Academia and funders
  • As a non-profit organisation, ESF is in a unique position to offer high value to our customers at competitive prices

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