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The Danish Evaluation Institute (EVA) evaluate at all levels – from day care centers and schools through upper secondary schools and vocational colleges to universities and adult education. Research and evaluations are carried out on EVA’s own initiative as well as on request from ministries, local authorities and educational institutions among others.


Agency's position within the national higher education system

The history of the agency

EVA is an independent institution formed under the auspices of the former Danish Ministry of Education (now the Ministry of Children and Education). The institution was established in 1999 by an act of Parliament (LBK 1073 af 15/09/2010). The institute succeeded the Evaluation Centre which existed from 1992-1999.

Other quality assurance agencies authorised to operate in the country

In Denmark, the operational responsibility for accreditation processes is divided between two operators: ACE Denmark and EVA.

ACE Denmark is part of the Accreditation Institution and consists of the Director, the Council Secretariat, the Administrative Unit and the Professional Secretariat. ACE Denmark undertakes tasks related to accreditation of new and existing bachelor, master’s (candidates) and master programmes at the universities under the auspices of the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education.

Legal framework

In 2007, an act of parliament introduced the systematic accreditation of all higher education programmes in Denmark as mandatory external quality assurance (LOV nr 294 af 27/03/2007). The act states that all programmes must be accredited according to criteria that are based on quality and relevance.

EVA's task within evaluation:

  • Different aspects of the higher education system under the auspices of the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education.

EVA's task within accreditation:

  • Higher education programmes at Academy Profession level and Bachelor level under the auspices of the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education
  • Higher education programmes at Bachelor level and Master’s level under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture.
  • Higher education programmes (excluding university programmes) under the auspices of other ministries, e.g. the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Defence and the Danish Maritime Authority

Quality assurance procedures

Main procedures

Evaluation

  • Target institutions:
    • Other non higher education institutions
      • Target programmes
        • All higher education programmes
    • All higher education institutions
      • Target programmes:
        • All higher education programmes

Accreditation

  • Target institutions:
    • University Colleges
      • Target programmes:
        • New Diploma programmes
        • New and existing Professional Bachelor's programmes
        • New and existing Academy Profession programmes
    • Academies of Professional Higher Education
      • Target programmes:
        • New Diploma programmes
        • New and existing Professional Bachelor's programmes
        • New and existing Academy Profession programmes
    • Institutions under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture
      • Target programmes:
        • Existing Bachelor’s programmes in Arts/Fine Arts (research and artistic based)
        • Existing Master’s programmes in Arts/Fine Arts (candidatus, research and artistic based)

Consequences of quality assurance and accreditation decisions

Accreditation is mandatory and a precondition for attaining public funding for both new programmes (ex-ante) and existing programmes (ex-post).

Validity of the decision(s)

An accredited programme will normally be subject to reaccreditation after a period of six years, but a new accreditation process can also be initiated earlier if specific problems are anticipated.

Publication policy

EVA publishes all evaluation and accreditation reports on EVA’s homepage. The accredita-tion decision is available on the Accreditation Council’s homepage.

International activities

Member of international quality assurance networks / organisations

External reviews, compliance with ESG

  • 2011.

The ACE Denmark is listed on the European Quality Assurance Register.



See also