In 2014 a panel of 6 international experts – under the chairmanship of professor Stein Knardahl – evaluated quality, relevance and effect of research, dissemination of research and further education conducted by NRCWE during 2009-2013.
The evaluators conclude (p. 61) that: ‘The scientific production of the NRCWE is very good, both in terms of publication output … and in terms of scientific quality. Furthermore, the quality of communication of their research findings is generally very good. The NRCWE have shown excellent ability to exploit several comprehensive Danish registries and their own work-environment surveys … to perform innovative studies that are hardly possible to undertake elsewhere.’
The evaluators were also asked to pinpoint fields with a potential for improvement. They address this issue by stating (p. 61): ‘In general, the allocation of resources and efforts of the NRCWE meets the National strategy “A new strategy for the working environment effort to 2020” … and the strategic documents for the research center. There is however, a need for strengthening research on factors contributing to accidents and accident prevention.’
In december 2014, the NRCWE’s Board of Governors decided on a plan for implementing recommendations of the evaluators, and the plan is currently being carried out. The Minister of Employment has been informed on the conclusions and the plan for implementation of recommendations.
Read the full Evaluation report: http://www.arbejdsmiljoforskning.dk/~/media/Resultater/ evaluering-af-nfa-2014/Evaluering-af-NFA-2014.pdf