”MDH's Evaluation for Improved Research Quality 2021”

MER21 – MDH's Evaluation for Improved Research Quality 2021 is an external research evaluation being carried out at MDH during 2020-2021. All research at the University is included in the evaluation. Doing an external research evaluation has many advantages: it allows us to identify what areas of strength we have at MDH, but also provides valuable input in the work on our next Research and Education Strategy.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

About MER21

MER21 helps us to identify the strengths of our research

In the last few years the University has been continually working on developing research by the conclusions and recommendations that emerged in the external research evaluation MER14. Its sequel, MER21, is now in full swing, with the purpose of identifying the strengths of our research.

All research at the University is included in the evaluation. Cecilia Lindh, Senior Lecturer in Business Administration at EST, is the Project Manager.

- The fact that we are doing an external research evaluation has many advantages. It enables us to identify what areas of strength we have, develop our various research environments and help us to make future prioritisations. We are learning to evaluate ourselves, quite simply, and get a base on which to strengthen our activities, says Cecilia Lindh.

The research evaluation helps us to:

  • identify our strengths within our various research domains,
  • develop our various research environments,
  • make future prioritizations.

The research evaluation contributes to:

  • important input in the work on our forthcoming Research and Education Strategy,
  • a mark of the quality of the University’s research domains​​​​​​​,
  • better knowledge of our own research as well on how to evaluate it.


  • Self-evaluations of MDH's research.
  • Bibliometric analyses.
  • Panels are set and welcomed.
  • MDH plan for the digital visit week.
  • Panels work with the self-evaluations.
  • Visits online in Zoom, as a digital event/digital visit week.
  • Brief survey to gather your experience and feedback.
  • The panels of experts will submit their final reports.
  • Opportunity to review reports.
  • Final report are published on MDH’s web site.


Sept 2020 - Feb 2021

  • Researchers and research groups will carry out self-evaluations of their research.
  • Panels for evaluations are set and welcomed in November.
  • In the end of Febuary panels receive the self-evaluations including the bibliometric analyses.

March 2021 - May 2021

  • During this period, the panels study the self-evaluations and prepare for the interviews and online visit.
  • The panels of experts will make online visits May 3 - 7 in Zoom. During the digital visit week discussions and dialogues will be held between the panels of experts and MDH ́s researchers.

May 2021 - Oct 2021

  • The panels are asked to submit their final reports to us by June 30, and the process of writing the overall report for MER21 starts at MDH.
  • In September MDH finalize the report from MER21 and publish it on the web site no later than October 2021.

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