The task for the validation committee for research quality assurance (VKO) is the six-yearly validation of the quality assurance systems in place at universities of applied sciences, at the aggregation level of the institution, where quality assurance relates to (practice-based) research by a university of applied sciences.
Self-evaluation and discussions
The VKO bases its work on the self-evaluation performed by a university of applied sciences. In addition to this paper information, discussions will take place between the validation committee for research quality assurance and the parties involved in the research done by a university of applied sciences. These discussions will be used to obtain depth, clarification and for the purpose of verification.
Ultimately, the combination of a self-evaluation report, the corresponding documentation and discussions must enable the validation committee for research quality assurance to establish with a sufficient degree of certainty that the quality assurance system used by a university of applied sciences actually results in and will continue to result in the permanent monitoring and improvement of research and the organisation of this research.
Four evaluation questions
The validation framework has been broken down into four relevant (evaluation) questions, which the validation committee for research quality assurance must answer on the basis of an in-depth analysis of the quality assurance system. The following four evaluation questions apply:
- Is there sufficient structure and cohesion in the quality assurance implemented by a university of applied sciences (in respect of research)?
- Are there sufficient preconditions for the performance of quality assurance (in relation to research)?
- Are the research evaluations performed in a way that is expert and independent and in accordance with the relevant sector agreements?
- Are evaluations used to maintain and improve the quality of research and organisation?
The findings obtained will be documented in a report, which will be submitted to the Board of the institution in question, after which the validation committee for research quality assurance will publish the report and make it available to various parties, including the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.