Why choose IEP

Higher education institutions play an important role in society but must do so in a complex environment. The Institutional Evaluation Programme (IEP) aims to support institutions in tackling these issues by developing strategic leadership and capacity to manage change.

What will you get from an IEP evaluation?

  • A context driven evaluation that takes your institutional mission and goals as its starting point and does not use externally imposed criteria
  • An improvement oriented evaluation that identifies good practice and provides recommendations for improvement, but does not lead to summative judgement, accreditation, comparison or rankings
  • A comprehensive evaluation covering all areas of institutional activity, including governance and decision-making, learning and teaching, research, quality culture, service to society and internationalisation
  • Support for an inclusive self-evaluation process that will help you to deepen knowledge of your own institution and identify areas of focus for the evaluation visits
  • A peer review with a European perspective by an experienced evaluation team that represents the diversity of European higher education landscape and takes into account the latest developments in the sector
  • In-depth understanding of your institution and relevant recommendations informed through two site visits by the evaluation team
  • Written report identifying good practice and highlighting areas for improvement, published on the IEP website
  • Use of the ‘Evaluated by IEP’ icon for five years after completion of the evaluation

IEP was a great experience oriented to improving our institution. It was like a pair of glasses, which helped us see ourselves and our institution better. It also strengthened the relationship between members of the institutional community, and enhanced our international reputation

University of Liège, Belgium

Testimonies

  • Prof. Sokratis Katsikas, chair of the IEP Steering Committee

  • Prof. Nuno Guimarães, Vice-rector of ISCTE-IUL

  • Lewis Purser, Irish Universities Association