THE MAX-PLANCK EXPERIENCE OF EVALUATION

Authors
Citation
W. Krull, THE MAX-PLANCK EXPERIENCE OF EVALUATION, Scientometrics, 34(3), 1995, pp. 441-450
Citations number
NO
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Information Science & Library Science","Information Science & Library Science
Journal title
ISSN journal
0138-9130
Volume
34
Issue
3
Year of publication
1995
Pages
441 - 450
Database
ISI
SICI code
0138-9130(1995)34:3<441:TMEOE>2.0.ZU;2-K
Abstract
The Max-Planck-Gesellschaft (MPG) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1948 as a successor to the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gesellschaft, which was o riginally established in 1911. Institutes run by the MPG are mainly de voted to basic research, to a large extent in the sciences and, to a s maller extent, in the humanities. In contrast to the university system , which must cover all academic disciplines, the MPG can concentrate i ts funds and its energy on selected key areas of basic research. In al l of the decision making processes concerning structural or institutio nal changes as well as the reallocation of resourses, evaluation has a crucial role to play. The paper outlines the various ways and levels of quality assessment within the Max Planck system. in particular, it emphasizes the Importance of ex ante-evaluation, and the need for an a ssessment of ongoing research work at regular intervals. Furthermore, the strengths and weaknesses of quantitative indicators are discussed, and, finally, some principles for policy-relevant evaluations formula ted.