The Research Quality Assessment exercises
The Research Quality Assessment exercises (in Italian Valutazione della Qualità della Ricerca or VQR) aim at evaluating the research outcomes of public universities and research institutes.
VQR is carried out by ANVUR (Italian National Agency for the Evaluation of Universities and Research Institutes) every five years, according to the law No. 232/2016, art. 1, paragraph 339. The Minister of Education, University and Research has to issue a special decree establishing the guidelines and providing for the resources needed to carry out the research assessment exercises. The evaluation process is performed "by Area", based on the 16 academic disciplines areas.
The VQR exercises aim at providing an up-to-date assessment of the state of research in the various scientific fields, in order to promote the improvement of research quality in the assessed institutions and to allocate the merit-based share of the Fondo di Finanziamento Ordinario (FFO) – the financing fund of the Italian university system.
The evaluation of the research outputs is entrusted to an Evaluation Expert Group for each Area, appointed by ANVUR. The evaluation takes into account the results of a bibliometric algorithm for some scientific areas and the opinions of external experts (peer review) for the others. Peer reviews are also used when the bibliometric algorithm provides ambiguous results.
VQR 2011-2014 – IMT School results
In the last survey, referred to the period between 2011 and 2014, the IMT School achieved excellent results (based on criteria of relevance, originality and internationalization), having ranked first in Area 13 - "Economics and statistics", with an average rating of the submitted publications equal to 0.91 out of 1. The data confirmed the positive evaluation obtained in the previous survey covering the period between 2004 and 2010.
Based on the excellent outcome of the VQR, the IMT School was awarded additional funds by the Ministry of Education, University and Research.
For further details, please check the following documents: