Research & ExpertiseEvaluation Evaluation of the Institute

Evaluation of the Institute

As a public institution of a scientific and technical nature (EPST), Ifsttar is evaluated by the French “Haut Conseil de l’Evaluation de la Recherche et de l’Enseignement Supérieur” (HCERES), in English the “High Council for Evaluation of Research and Higher Education”.
The evaluation is based on a frame of reference which covers several fields: strategy and management, research and training, student success, promotion and scientific culture, European and international relationships and steering. This frame of reference may be adapted to each institution.

The evaluation process

The evaluation is in two stages:

  • a self-evaluation phase leading to produce a self-evaluation report covering the last five years;
  • an external evaluation based on an expert committee visit in the Ifsttar headquarters.

In order to produce its self-evaluation report, Ifsttar takes stock of the main results obtained regarding the objectives set for the reference period. This exercise leads the institute to assess its strengthes and weakenesses, to define which are its constraints and to analyze whether opportunities and risks can be spotted in its surroundings, in order to identify ways of improvement.
Through its external look, the expert committee discusses the self-evaluation issues and helps the institute to better position itself in its scientific environment. This external evaluation also helps to underline its levers for action at hand and to detect the potential blocking points.

The expert committee visit

The expert committee has hosted the Ifsttar headquarters in Marne-la-Vallée on December 15, 16 and 17, 2015, namely 5 years after the institute was created and one year after the evaluation of its research departments.

Next step

Following this visit, the expert committee has drawn up an evaluation report which has been transmitted to Ifsttar by May 2016; experts recommendations have been available at the same time that the institute begins writing and negotiating the next contract defining objectives and performances with its two supervising ministries, the Ministry of ecology, sustainable development and energy and the Ministry of higher education and research.

The final evaluation report,  together with all comments from CEO Ifsttar, is available on the HCERES website.


Last update 30/06/2016