Quality Indicators for Philosophy
Philosophy is a discipline with a wide range of topics, intellectual traditions, and methodologies and therefore the question what quality in philosophy is does not have an easy answer. The project ‘Quality indicators for Philosophy’ (QIP) has been a search for answers to this question. It has resulted in indicators for scientific quality and for societal relevance that can be used in the assessment of philosophical research. The overall framework of the project has been the Standard Evaluation Protocol (SEP) 2015-2021 of the Dutch Universities, more specially matrix D1 with two sets of output indicators (page 25).
The project has resulted in two documents:
- A description of the research culture in philosophy
- A description of quality indicators for philosophy
The QIP project has been part of a larger project on quality indicators for the humanities (Quality and Relevance in the Humanities, www.qrih.nl) in which generic building blocks (indicators) have been developed for each of the six cells of the SEP matrix. These quality indicators can be used by groups or institutes when writing their self-evaluation report for a research assessment and, based on these indicators and on so-called reasoned indicators that follow from the specific research profile of a group or institute, a narrative can be developed about research quality and the policies promoting it. Such a narrative is more comprehensive than output alone (i.e., publications), and usually covers all six cells of the SEP matrix.
The Board of the Dutch Research School of Philosophy OZSW wishes to thank the more than 75(!) OZSW members who actively contributed to the creation of these important documents for philosophy.
On behalf of the Board,