External Quality Assurance

Branche Protocol Quality Assurance (BKO) 2016-2022

It has been established in the Branch Protocol that practice oriented research at a university of applied science will be evaluated every six years by an independent visitation committee. The aim of the branch protocol is to maintain and improve the quality of practice oriented research and its organization. The universities of applied science can determine themselves which units in the organization will be visited. On THUAS the Centres of Expertise are the units that will be visited.

The Branch Protocol Quality Assurance (BKO) is based on five standards:

  • Standard 1: The research unit has a relevant, ambitious and challenging research profile and a research programme with fitting aims that are operationalised in a number of indicators.
  • Standard 2: The manner in which the unit is organised, the contribution of staff and means and the internal cooperation. Networks and relationships make the realisation of the research profile possible.
  • Standard 3: The examination of the research unit fulfils the standards that are set in the academic field.
  • Standard 4: The research unit realises adequate relevant knowledge in terms of: professional practise and society; education and professionalisation; knowledge development in the academic field.
  • Standard 5: The research unit regularly performs evaluations of the research process and its results. Where necessary, the results of which are follow up by improvements.

The recommendation of The Hague is that Centre’s of Expertise will undergo mid-term reviews in the middle of the BKO cycle in order to reflect on the evaluation of the BKO and monitor progress on the research quality within the Centre of Expertise.

Internal Quality Assurance

THUAS has a internal quality assurance cycle for research the PDCA Research (on intranet for HHs staff). The PDCA Research aims to bring lectorates, Centres of Expertise, study programmes and faculties together to enter into discussions on plans, achieved results, room for improvement both in the field of research and outside of it. The cycle consists of annual moments (such as annual plans) and evaluation moments (for example management reporting and ‘De Haagse Dialoog’). Aside from this set planning- and evaluation moments, there are also multiannual plans and reflections on ending lectorates.

Safeguarding quality of research (projects)

Aside from external visitations and internal quality assurance cycles, quality assurance is also an integral part of the practice of research execution at THUAS. Lectors are responsible for the quality of the research within their lectorate.