The Danish Evaluation Institute, EVA, was established in 1999. It replaced the previous Centre for Quality Assurance and Evaluation of Higher Education and its mandate included tasks that were to some extents new and broader than those of its predecessor.
Develop and renew methods for evaluation and quality development.
The institute is itself to initiate evaluations and in doing so to decide which educational institutions are to be included. It is also to function as a national knowledge centre in the field of quality and quality assurance in education.9
What evaluations and knowledge centre activities will be undertaken is laid down in the institute’s annual action plan. Of the public funding granted for evaluations and knowledge centre activities about 2/3 is devoted to evaluations and 1/3 to knowledge centre undertakings. Evaluation is EVA’s central task.
Evaluations and knowledge centre undertakings are carried out as part of the institute’s official mandate, and also as externally contracted activities. EVA is permitted to undertake evaluation commissions from ministries, educational institutions and other interested parties for payment.10 The externally contracted activities are increasing in volume from what was initially a very limited level. These are of different types: commissioned evaluations, surveys, advice and the communication of expertise/courses.