The “European Network for Research Evaluation in the Social Sciences and the Humanities” (ENRESSH) is an association dedicated to the study of research evaluation protocols and policy in the SSH. Initially called EvalHum, it was the force behind the ENRESSH COST Action, that ended in April 2020. Proposed by a group of some 20 researchers from 16 countries, all EvalHum members, it grew to bring together more than 125 participants from 37 countries and with 3 international partner countries. The international reputation was such that the board decided to continue under the ENRESSH name, but still as an association under French law.
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ENRESSH aims to propose clear best practices in the field of SSH research evaluation. The Action brings together numerous experts, such as researchers in evaluation studies, policy makers and members of evaluation units, as well as researchers from SSH disciplines. Its approach is based on the comparison and the cross fertilisation of strands of work dedicated to SSH research evaluation, currently under development in different parts of Europe, seeking to avoid unnecessary duplication and to upscale results.
Its main aims, deeply interrelated, are:
- to improve evaluation procedures in order to take into account the diversity and the wealth of SSH research;
- to make a robust case for the ways in which the SSH add value to the society;
- to help SSH scholars better appropriate their research agenda and overcome fragmentation.
EvalHum, now ENRESSH, set up a series of conferences under the name RESSH. Events took place in Rennes (France) in 2015, Antwerp (Belgium) in 2017 and Valencia (Spain in 2019). Due to thecurrent sanitary situation, the Poznan (Poland) conference was posted and replaced with a series of online seminars.