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Research Evaluation

Research Evalution Evaluation is crucial for quality assurance in research. WU’s research performance is evaluated annually based on standardized key indicators for the WU Intellectual Capital Report (Wissensbilanz) and through specific FIDES-surveys and Activity Reports.

Evaluation of WU’s organizational units

Pursuant to the WU By-Laws, all organizational units must be evaluated on a regular basis. These evaluations are based on a basic model with 20 indicators in four dimensions that was developed by the Working Group on Research (as part of the WU 2020 process). The target indicators agreed upon between the Rector’s Council and the individual organizational units as part of the units’ target agreements are monitored on a regular basis. Based on these annual feedback loops, further steps and measures are then defined (adjustments of target indicators, external evaluation, etc.).

SciVal at WU

In early 2016, WU introduced the bibliometrics tool SciVal to analyze WU’s research output data. SciVal can compare the data of individual researchers, groups of researchers, or entire organizations, based on bibliometric information from the Scopus database. It is available at www.scival.com (external login) and can be accessed freely from any device with a WU IP address. Further information on SciVal and its functionalities can be found in the internal SciVal Wiki.