The impression formed by the expert panel is that EVA’s method and the way in which it operates have gained broad acceptance by the ministries as well as administrators in the schools and educational institutions in Denmark. The work carried out, above all the evaluations, is considered to be expert and professional. “They have a very efficient organisational method” was also the opinion of the chairs of the expert panels who took part in the site visit.
In the ordinance42 EVA is described as the state’s knowledge centre in the area of educational evaluation and quality development. EVA’s activities are to consist of three main types: action plan evaluations, knowledge centre projects and externally contracted activities (IDV). The scope for selection and development of implementation methods varies for the different activities. The organisation of evaluations is relatively fixed. The EVA Act lays down a number of methodological requirements that have to be fulfilled.
However neither the Act nor the ordinance contains any regulations about how the knowledge centre projects and externally contracted activities are to be organised. This is decided by EVA’s staff. Nor are these operations often listed for discussion on the agenda for board meetings.