Event: ENLIGHT-RISE Workshop “Responsible Evaluation of research and researchers” (19 September 2023)

Registration via https://event.ugent.be/registration/ResponsibleEvaluation from 09-06-2023 12:00 until 12-09-2023 23:59


A growing international community of universities, research funders and other relevant organisations is seeking comprehensive reform of the current research assessment systems. The European Agreement on Reforming Research Assessment and the Coalition for Advancing Research Assessment are at the heart of the reform. Central to the debate is the call for more qualitative evaluations and the responsible use of quantitative indicators.

During the online workshop, the ENLIGHT-RISE partners will explore the impact of the current reforms on their own institutions. Attendees – policy makers, members of the research and HR support staff, staff members of grant offices, research intelligence specialists and analysts – are invited to engage in a dialogue on what the local and international trends and developments in research(er) assessment indicate for an international consortium such as ENLIGHT-RISE.


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Each presentation will be followed by a short Q&A


10:00-10:15: Welcome (Nele Bracke, chair ENLIGHT-RISE Research Assessment Working Group)

10:15-11:00: Keynote: Tanja Strøm (INORMS), The SCOPE Framework for Research Evaluation 
                    Nele Bracke (Ghent University), SCOPE @ Ghent University. Some lessons learned


11:00-11:15: Break


Case studies: Responsible Research Assessment, when qualitative meets quantitative
11:15-12:00: Shaya Abdolahzadeh (Research Intelligence Specialist, Research Intelligence Services, University of Groningen), The responsible analysis of the academic and societal impact of research

Abstract: “How does my research output 'perform' in world-leading citation databases? What are the research strengths of my institute? Are we collaborating effectively and what are our peers elsewhere doing? Is my research socially relevant?”
These and many other questions can be answered with a responsible analysis of the academic and societal impact of research via a combination of quantitative and qualitative metrics.
The Research Intelligence Services (RISe) at the University of Groningen provide expert advice, training, and services to help the university’s academic community demonstrate its scholarly impact in grant applications and promotional portfolios. RISe also conducts research impact analysis at the research group, faculty, or institutional level for benchmarking, ranking, or strategic purposes, as well as for the preparation of reports and figures required by the Standard Evaluation Protocol (SEP).
In this presentation, we introduce Responsible Research Assessment (RRA) at the University of Groningen and showcase some examples of research performance analyses that we have conducted for various stakeholders. 

12:00-12:45: Kalmer Lauk, (Analyst of Research and Development, Grant Office, University of Tartu), Combining quantitative and qualitative metrics in research assessment: Screening for potential ERC applicants in the University of Tartu

Abstract: The performance in ERC calls for proposals varies widely across European countries. The number of proposals from the so-called “widening countries” is approximately eight times lower than from other countries, and their success rates remain below average. What is the University of Tartu Grant Office in Estonia doing to help its researchers to find ERC and write successful proposals?
Although without a doubt the most important part of a successful ERC proposal is a perfect blend of unique ideas, impactful research, excellent execution, and leading-edge researcher at the wheel, at the University of Tartu we believe that there are both quantitative and qualitative metrics that can give us a hint of where to start searching for that successful proposal.
In this presentation, the University of Tartu will introduce responsible use of quantitative and qualitative methods for sorting out potential ERC applicants, comparing them to funded ERC applicants, and helping them write impactful proposals. 


12:45-13:30: Break


13:30-14:45: Special interest session: Round table Time for action. Effective actions to (start to) change research assessment systems

Moderator: Dieter De Bruyn (senior policy advisor, Rector's Office, Ghent University)

14:45-15:00: Closure

Register Option Description Location When? Cost in EUR Available Seats

The entire workshop


19-09-2023 10:00 - 15:00


Only the morning session (keynote & case studies)


19-09-2023 10:00 - 12:00


Only the special interest session in the afternoon (round-table)


19-09-2023 13:30 - 15:00


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