Internal Research and Doctoral studies Evaluation (IRDE)

The Internal evaluation of Research and Doctoral degree programmes (DDPs) is enshrined in the Directive and conducted in a 5-year evaluation cycle at all MU departments and DDPs. 

The key features of IRDE include the formative nature of the evaluation (seeking to obtain recommendations) with some summative elements, the use of informed peer review (international disciplinary panels) and the fact that it is not linked to funding but to research strategies.

Like the overall internal evaluation system of MUNI, IRDE is inspired by the Czech Methodology 2017+, the Dutch SEP and the UK REF and respects the principles of good international practice in research evaluation and bibliometrics (DORA, Leiden manifesto, Agreement on Reforming Research Assessment, Scope framework). It focuses on criteria of the quality and societal impact of research up to the level of research topics, quality of doctoral studies, strategies and research environments of departments and individual teams.

The key components are:

  • Self-evaluation reports produced separately for each department and doctoral programme (containing information on the mission, SWOT, strategy/vision, research topics and relevant results, grants, societal relevance, awards/receipt, collaborations...).
  • Supporting materials include bibliometric analyses of the evaluated departments and analytical documents for doctoral studies (numbers of students, supervisors, defences, dissertation topics, etc.),
  • Peer review - on-site visits of panels.

The first IRDE was performed in 2022, and the period 2017-2021 was assessed -> IRDE 2022

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