ESF is developing its activities to become a high quality international evaluation service provider, providing excellence in basic research, development and innovation. We aim to connect evaluation with strategy and process improvement - implementing lessons from evaluation in practice and helping to apply them.
We have solid experience conducting structured evaluations of national funding organisations and academic institutions and we can also apply our expertise to foundations and research organisations. Evaluations comprise an interactive assessment of strengths and weaknesses, scientometric performance analyses and evaluation by international peer groups. We use a wide range of quantitative and qualitative evaluation tools. We perform research, performance and organisational evaluations and consulting on research strategy, organisational structure, management practices and governance.
Our evaluations mainly focus on the following aspects:
1. The assessment of organisations throughout
a. Their governance and management
b. The analysis of their strategy
c. A full scale ex-post evaluations
2. The assessment of the scientific quality of programs or research groups focusing on
a. Their scientific quality and impact,
b. Their internationalisation.
3. Recommendations and strategic planning, foresight and policy advise
ESF delivers its services in the spirit of the peer review process and of scientific excellence. This includes in-depth interactions between the organisation that is evaluated with the ESF experts to arrive at conclusions together and identify solutions that are tailored to best fit the corresponding environment.