SIGHT 2009 : Finnish Research Evaluation and Policy

SIGHT 2009 is the title of an extensive evaluation project to be conducted by the Academy of Finland and experts from a wide array of disciplines. Besides the changes taking place in the international operating environment, SIGHT 2009 is set against the backcloth of the changes in the Finnish research system.
 SIGHT 2009 : Finnish Research Evaluation and Policy
– SIGHT 2009 is essentially an evaluation and policy instrument – one which is in great demand as we currently find ourselves in a state of change, says Paavo Löppönen, head of the SIGHT project and Director of development and Evaluation at the Academy of Finland.

Due to come out in the autumn of 2009, the final report of the project will include a review of the present state of science and research in Finland as well as a set of objectives and recommendations for the future.

The international evaluations to be made within the scope of SIGHT 2009 will help define Finland’s position on the science map. – The basic question in terms of the success of science is how well the international cooperation is working and how we’re able to tap the global pool of knowledge and know-how. Also, how do Finnish universities measure up in this regard, and what is the significance of the Strategic Centres? These are among the issues we feel are important to address, says Löppönen.

Many other countries have also produced a range of high-level reports on the state and quality of science, including the UK, Germany, Canada and the US. Denmark, Norway and Sweden, in turn, are interesting points of comparison as their research systems are broadly similar to the system in Finland.

SIGHT 2009 is built around four separate sub projects whose results will be put together to form a single project report. One of the sub projects also implies a bibliometric approach to be carried out as a joint venture between the Nordic countries. The collaboration will involve the national research councils from Denmark, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, in addition to the Academy of Finland.

(Paula Böhring/