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Evaluation of Research Quality

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 a Group of Evaluation Experts 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.

On  January 3rd 2020 l’ANVUR implemented the Ministerial Decree n. 1110/2019 (Linee Guida MIUR per la valutazione della qualità della ricerca) and n. 444/2020 (Integrazione delle Linee Guida per la valutazione della qualità della ricerca (VQR) 2015-2019) publishing the VQR call. For more details, please refer to:

On January 31st 2020 the call for participation in the Groups of Evaluation Experts (in Italian Gruppi di Esperti della Valutazione or GEV) was published. Expressions of interest for participating in the VQR 2015-2019 as members of the GEV can be submitted from February 5th to March 2nd, 2020.

The documents relating to the evaluation criteria of the research outputs, as defined by the GEVs will be published by January 29, 2021.

  • Evaluation criteria for research outputs
VQR 2011-2014 – The IMT School's outcome
In the last survey, valid for the 2011-2014 period, 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 submitted publications equal to 0.91 out of 1. The data confirmed the positive evaluation obtained in the previous survey (VQR 2004-2010).
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:
VQR 2004-2010 – The IMT School's outcome
The first VQR call was launched by ANVUR in 2011 to evaluate the research quality for the 2004-2010 period.
The IMT School obtained excellent results and ranked at the top of Area 13, "Economics and statistics". In details, the IMT School obtained a score of 2.83/3, with an average rating of submitted publications of 0.91 out of 1. This means that the IMT School’s performance was nearly 3 times the national average in that area.
For more information, please check the following documents: