Quality Assurance Research: Standard Evaluation Protocol
March 16, 2020, the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU), the Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and NWO presented the new Strategy Evaluation Protocol (SEP) 2021-2027. Once every six years, the research organisations revise the evaluation protocol for academic research, which is used by research universities and KNAW and NWO institutions to evaluate research units. The new protocol, effective from 2021, builds further upon the existing protocol to incorporate recent developments relating to the recognition and rewards of researchers (including DORA) as well as the concept of Open Science.
All research at Dutch universities, NWO and Academy institutes is assessed every six years using the Standard Evaluation Protocol 2015-2021 (SEP). This protocol sets out in detail how assessments take place, and has evolved over more than twenty years, from an experimental framework in the 1980s to its established and accepted form today.