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Monitoring and evaluation

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 Monitoring and evaluation

We have planned 15 actions for the years 2020-2025 and 5 sustainment actions for 2026. We have also identified milestones for each action, which specify what deliverables must be produced in the declared timeframe. By way of example, three milestones have been defined under the action "Establishment of the International Advisory Board and scientific councils; increasing the role of peer-review in the evaluation of scientific results". These are: (i) Establishment of the Advisory Board and scientific councils (months 1-12); (ii) First internal evaluation of the scientific results achieved by the NCU, especially by the Centres of Excellence and Doctoral Schools (months 37-42); (iii) Implementation of recommendations (months 37-48).

Under the agreement with the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, the Nicolaus Copernicus University has undertaken to implement all the planned activities according to the time schedule. Since we have an implementation period of 1-72 months for each of the main 15 actions, we are very likely to deliver on all the promises despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Nevertheless, milestones may also have to be monitored as less time has been reserved for their implementation. Therefore, it is worthwhile to have a more detailed look at the list of actions and milestones.

 

List of actions 2020-2025

List of actions 2026

List of milestones

 

Progress indicators will be an important element of the IDUB programme subject to monitoring and evaluation. The values of these indicators have been declared by the NCU in the competition application. They fall into three types: (i) mandatory indicators to be met by all universities receiving funding under the IDUB programme; (ii) optional indicators selected by the NCU from the list of indicators declared by the Ministry for selection; (iii) indicators determined by the university for objectives 4-6, which each university had the responsibility to define. What is more, we have declared in the NCU application that Emerging Fields meet the quality criteria.

The methodology for measuring the indicators has been described in detail in the NCU application. Progress indicators are measured by means of the Web of Science database, the POL-on system, and information additionally collected by the University. For the purposes of bibliometric indicators related to Priority Research Areas and Emerging Fields, we have identified so-called research areas that best describe their thematic scope.

 

Description of methodology for measuring indicators

List of NCU indicators

Declared values of indicators

Definitions of Priority Research Areas at the NCU

 

Academic teachers and doctoral students who are members of the Centers of Excellence and Emerging Fields should take particular care to select journals in which publications related to a given subject have the greatest impact on the branch of science, i.e. they are in the so-called first quartile - Q1 or in the case of Emerging Fields in Q1 or Q2. For Centres of Excellence, publications in these journals will guarantee an increase in the mandatory indicators declared in the application. For Emerging Fields, the NCU application did not specify the current and future value of the indicators; therefore, more publications in prestigious journals will esentially increase the university's indicators. The quality of research conducted in Emerging Fields will be subject to annual evaluation performed at the NCU by the scientific councils for fields of science.

 

Lists of journals used for monitoring the progress of Centres of Excellence

1)    Astrophysics and Astrochemistry

List of Journals in Q1

 

2)    Towards Personalized Medicine

List of Journals in Q1

 

3)    From Fundamental Optics to Advanced Biophotonics

List of Journals in Q1

 

4)    Dynamics, Mathematical Analysis & Artificial Intelligence

List of Journals in Q1

 

5)    Interacting Minds, Societies, Environments

List of Journals in Q1

 

Lists of journals used for monitoring the progress of Emerging Fields

1)    Polymer science and multifunctional nanomaterials

List of Journals in Q1 and Q2

 

2)    Automation and control systems

List of Journals in Q1 and Q2

 

3)    Soil science, microbiology, agricultural genetics and food quality

List of Journals in Q1 and Q2

 

4)    Global environmental changes

List of Journals in Q1 and Q2

 

5)    Conservation and restoration of cultural heritage

List of Journals in Q1 and Q2

 

6)    Logic and philosophy of science

List of Journals in Q1 and Q2

 

7)    Metabolic civilization diseases

List of Journals in Q1 and Q2

 

8)    Ecology and biodiversity

List of Journal in Q1 and Q2

 

9)    Cancer Profiling

List of Journal in Q1 and Q2

 

10)    Chronic Diseases

List of Journal in Q1 and Q2

 

11)    Old and New Institutions - Challenges and Changes in an Interdisciplinary Perspective

List of Journal in Q1 and Q2

 

12)    Perception, Cognition and Language

List of Journal in Q1 and Q2