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For more than 10 years, the obligation to perform a research evaluation on the Joint Research Centre (JRC) activities has been included in Council decisions on research programmes. From 1984 to 1986 eight Peer Panel reviews were performed, one for each programme, and they were followed by an overall assessment by the JRC Scientific Council. For the research programme 1988 to 1991, a midterm and final evaluation were entrusted to expert Panels for all JRCs. For the last programme, 1992-1994, a new approach was introduced by charging Visiting Groups to perform an evaluation of each JRC Institute. Internal evaluations through questionnaires and bibliometric analyses were also attempted. The merits of the various approaches are highlighted and specific considerations are briefly discussed concerning the control and support function of the evaluations, both quantitative and qualitative assessments, distributed or centralized evaluations, and single or multistage evaluations.

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Authors: RINALDINI C, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Article: Scientometrics, Vol. 34 (1995) No. 3, pp. 519-525
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