Quality Assurance Research: Standard Evaluation Protocol
All research at Dutch universities, NWO and Academy institutes is assessed every six years using the Standard Evaluation Protocol 2015-2021 (SEP). This protocol sets out in detail how assessments take place, and has evolved over more than twenty years, from an experimental framework in the 1980s to its established and accepted form today.
The assessment is carried out by an external independent assessment committee composed of peers. The assessment committee reaches a judgment regarding the research based on a self-assessment of the research unit, additional documents and interviews which take place during the site visit.
The SEP protocol is formulated and endorsed by the VSNU, KNAW (Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences) and NWO (Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research). The evaluations are managed by Qanu, a quality assurance agency.
The current protocol expires in 2021, and there will be a need for a new protocol to cover the next period. The responsibility for developing a proposal for a new version of the SEP lies with KNAW, NWO and VSNU.