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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.
VQR 2020-2024 

ANVUR has recently published:

VQR 2015-2019 – The IMT School's outcome

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 VQR3 call.
Overall, 98 Universities, 14 Research Bodies and 22 voluntary Institutions participated in the VQR3 exercise; approximately 183,000 scientific publications (articles, monographs, volume contributions, etc.) and over 600 case studies relating to Third Mission were evaluated by 18 Groups of Evaluation Experts (GEV).
On June 30th, 2022 ANVUR published the VQR3 final report and the field reports. The report for the IMT School was published on July 21st, 2022.

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: