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Research Evaluation (MGMT90183)

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Year of offer2017
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeMGMT90183
February - Online
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This subject provides an overview of research evaluation and its place in science policy, and gives participants knowledge and insight in areas such as:

  • the function of evaluation in science and the ways in which scientists, scientific processes and results are subject to evaluation;
  • the institutional context of research evaluation in science policy, its function in governing the science system, organizationally, nationally and internationally;
  • the type of evaluations that exist on different levels, for instance project, program, institutional evaluations and rankings, as well as the tools used in evaluations, such as peer review and metrics;
  • the social and organizational impacts of evaluation on the science system;
  • the ways in which evaluation can be studied scientifically;
  • various approaches to evaluation research.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion the participants should be able to apply what they have learned, for example by:

  • identifying relevant evaluation models for specific types of research activities;
  • commissioning research evaluations from evaluators and set targets for evaluation studies;
  • assessing the quality, significance and likely effects of research evaluation reports and communicate evaluation results to relevant stakeholders;
  • design and manage a research evaluation;
  • conduct research on evaluation in order to facilitate policy learning.

Generic skills

On completing the subject, participants should be able to:

  • communicate on policy relevant topics in various contexts of application;
  • investigate policy problems relating to evaluation and research;
  • assess risks and benefits regarding different forms of evaluation;
  • apply evaluation principles to different kinds of cases;
  • make appropriate decisions regarding evaluation in different circumstances;
  • make well-informed management decisions that consider specific contexts.

Last updated: 30 October 2017