Patterns of science and technology policy evaluation in Germany

Stefan Kuhlmann*

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In Germany the practice of the evaluation of research and of research institutions is characterised by a considerable degree of self-organisation of the scientific communities. A report is given of a recent comprehensive analysis of evaluation practice in S&T programmes: it critically analysed over 50 evaluation studies which the Federal Ministry for Research and Technology had commissioned since 1985. On the basis of this analysis and its recommendations, a rough outline for a systematised future evaluation practice was proposed and will soon be put in practice. Recent attempts to combine strategically oriented evaluations of project funding with those of institutional funding of S&T organisations are reported In this context, several studies of future developments of science and technology (technology foresight) were recently carried out, raising some public interest.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-33
Number of pages11
JournalResearch evaluation
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1995
Externally publishedYes


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