Evaluation of the Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO) and systemic evaluation of academic research funding

Evaluation of the Research Foundation  - Flanders (FWO) and systemic evaluation of academic research funding

IDEA Consult has repeatedly evaluated the functioning of the Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO) on behalf of the EWI Department of the Flemish government. These evaluation studies each time provided input for the drafting of a new five-year cooperation agreement between the FWO and the Flemish government. An extensive range of methodologies were used to support the analysis, including desk research, in-depth interviews with stakeholders, an international benchmark analysis, a large-scale survey among researchers and expert panel members, etc. Based on the findings, a SWOT analysis was developed and used as a basis for a series of policy recommendations addressing both policy makers and the FWO.

Next to the individual evaluation studies of the FWO, IDEA Consult also performed a systemic evaluation study of academic research funding in 2019, in which the positioning of the FWO within the broader system of the so-called ‘2nd flow of funds’ in Flanders (i.e. government funding for fundamental and scientific research). This systemic evaluation has examined the overall funding of research in Flanders and the contribution of this funding to the development of individual researchers’ careers.

Related, IDEA Consult is currently performing a system-level analysis of the funding streams of higher education in Flanders.

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foto Kristof Mertens
Kristof Mertens
Senior Expert Innovation & Competitiveness
foto Miriam Van Hoed
Miriam Van Hoed
Senior Expert Innovation & Competitiveness