Every six years NIVEL conducts a self-assessment by an international commission.
This self-assessment report evaluates the period from 2010-2015. For its self-assessment,NIVEL follows the Standard Evaluation Protocol (SEP) of the Association of Universities in
the Netherlands (VSNU) , the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).
Therefore, the assessment focuses on the quality of NIVEL research, its relevance to society, the viability of NIVEL and its PhD programme and research integrity. It is concluded that NIVEL has achieved its 2010-2015 targets. NIVEL has a substantial scientific output and performs at, or above, the international average. NIVEL and its employees enjoy a secure place in the scientific community through collaborations with colleagues at most Dutch universities and through international collaborative networks on various HSR topics. The number of PhD theses successfully defended in 2010-2015 is greater than the previous review period. A grant from the Ministry of Education (MoE) supported the increase in PhD theses. Also, NIVEL’s research has a great relevance to society. The future will bring new challenges. This will include making the best use of the following: our large research infrastructure; our unique combination of applicable research results and sound research methodology; our strong name as a reliable and independent research institute; and the well-developed and embedded certified quality system on which we build the research processes.