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CSS Guide Book 2020-2024

Denis Tagu


Researcher’s assessment at INRAE is an advisory evaluation, based on the opinion of peers ("beauty judgement" ). It is a multi-criteria evaluation, centred on qualitative criteria, without ignoring quantitative criteria. The evaluation of INRAE researchers is carried out in accordance with the statutory provisions relating to the bodies of researchers in public scientific and technological establishments (Decree 83-1260 of 30 December 1983 laying down the statutory provisions common to the bodies of civil servants in public scientific and technological establishments (EPST)) and the provisions relating to the bodies of INRAE researchers (Decree 84-1207 of 28 December 1984, modified by decree 2019-1045 of 10 October 2019, about the specific statute of public servant employees at the French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and the Environment). These assessments are carried out by specialised scientific committees (CSSs) organised by reference to a discipline or group of disciplines. The CSS operating rules and evaluation criteria are set by INRAE's Chief Executive Officer. The Evaluation Department (DEV) is responsible for implementing the evaluation of researchers. This document is intended for CSS evaluators, researchers and their superiors; it is valid for the 2020-2024 mandate. The evaluation carried out within the framework of the CSSs is an advisory evaluation, useful for the individual careers of researchers. It aims to provide them with a distanced opinion on the quality of their results, their personal dynamics, the relevance and quality of their achievements, as well as the consistency of their work with the missions entrusted to them and INRAE's scientific strategy. Evaluation by peers (members of the CSSs) analyses the quality of the work accomplished. It also takes into account the researchers' career paths, including the different missions possible within INRAE, the levels of responsibility, and the stage at which the researchers are at in their professional life (beginning, middle, end of career) by integrating possible breaks (geographical or thematic mobility, for personal reasons). To this end, the evaluation is multi-criteria, but it is not expected that each researcher will meet all the criteria. Current developments in the research activities and the launching of INRAE imply strategic changes such as: - expertise and support for public policy, - research in partnership with a view to contributing to all forms of innovation, - taking interdisciplinary practices into account. At the same time, INRAE is taking account of the changing context in which scientists work by placing the emphasis on open science (in agreement with the DipSO, INRAE's Directorate for Open Science) and on scientific integrity, for which criteria have been defined for the evaluation of these practices. At INRAE, the analysis of applications and evaluation of researchers is based on two main principles. The first is to take into account the different dimensions of research activity and the missions associated with it, such as the production of knowledge, training for and through research, working in partnership, expertise or the management of groups or systems. The second principle concerns qualitative evaluation by peers: in line with its international, European and national commitments, INRAE no longer takes into account certain metrics such as the impact factor or the H index when evaluating projects. Priority is given to qualitative analysis of the content of evaluation and application reports. Quantitative criteria are not ignored, but their use is measured and included in an overall analysis of the activity of those being evaluated. Open science practices (open access of publications, data, codes and software), ethics, deontology and scientific integrity in the conduct of research projects are also analysed and taken into account.
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