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Evaluation of territorial coordinations

Hcéres has developed a new system in response to the growing importance of groupings of institutions and their strategies, and the increasing independence and responsibilities of institutions. The system takes into account the interdependencies between the various entities involved in the territorial coordination strategy and the need to coordinate evaluation for institutions which are required by law to undergo evaluation or which themselves request evaluation. Hcéres therefore aims to carry out concise and coherent “integrated” evaluations of territorial coordinations and the entities involved in such initiatives that require evaluation.

Drawing on the proven know-how and track record of Hcéres, the integrated evaluation process is voluntarily experimental, given the diversity of site configurations. The process will be adapted in collaboration with the evaluated entities, based on their requirements and the history of the territorial grouping. Feedback surveys will be organised starting with Group D, in order to continue improving Hcéres procedures and the quality of evaluations.

Two prerequisites are essential for successfully completing the proposed integrated evaluations:

  • a critical self-evaluation by all the evaluated entities (institutions, study programmes, research) demonstrating their ability to design a project and establish development objectives, implement them and monitor and qualify the results;
  • as part of the external evaluation, a necessary focus on the continuous improvement processes that the evaluated entities implement, i.e. their ability to measure, at any given moment, the degree to which they have achieved their objectives and to implement corrective actions should they find themselves off track.

Hcéres coordinates the design and implementation of the evaluation process for territorial coordinations and institutions. The respective external evaluation standards mirror one another, drawing on the key development issues for an institution or grouping of higher education and research institutions, in particular its position in the national or international landscape, its goals and development strategies, governance, management, etc.). 

Finally, evaluation of territorial coordinations covers a scope that goes beyond the lead institution alone, regardless of its status (Community of Universities and Establishments or association). This scope includes all the stakeholders affected by the policy developed within the territorial grouping, even though some are not directly evaluated by Hcéres itself (e.g. private institutions, university hospitals, etc.). 

The documents listed below provide more detailed information to help the site and its institutions with the self-evaluation process.

Reference documents:

Documents to be submitted on the PELICAN exchange platform: