Αντιγράφω από το Nature της 23ης Νοεμβρίου. Η νέα κυβέρνηση Πρόντι θεσπίζει την αξιολόγηση και ένα πιό σύνθετο τρόπο ανάδειξης προέδρων ερευνητικών οργανισμών. Πουθενά το άρθρο δεν αναφέρει για κινητοποιήσεις διαμαρτυρίας κατά της αξιολόγησης.
«…But behind the headlines, more fundamental changes to the research system have quietly taken place. Two key decrees were approved last week, which in the long run may serve the scientific community better than immediate cash injections. One decree creates an evaluation agency for universities and research, which should be established by the spring. Its first task will be to broadly grade universities on their performance in teaching and research, producing three or four groupings that the ministry for universities and research will eventually use to allocate funds. “The agency’s aim is to gradually improve, not to judge,” says Luciano Modica, the research ministry’s undersecretary. Modica hopes the agency will also help to solve other problems in the Italian research system — such as recruitment. Rules alone won’t stop dishonest hiring policies, says Modica, but universities that allow bad decisions to be made will now be stung by the evaluation system. The second decree radically changes selection procedures for presidents of research organizations. These were previously direct government appointments — former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi’s centre-right administration appointed several research heads considered incompetent by much of the scientific community (see Nature 440, 264–265; 2006). Now independent committees will prepare shortlists of three candidates from which the research minister must pick. …»