One of the issues discussed in this working group over the last months is the use of peer review within the very specific context of the work of EU agencies providing scientific advice and technical support and identify the specific challenges of utilising peer review in this environment.
As you know, currently all Cedefop publications undergo an internal peer review by colleagues and the head of the respective department, prior to approval by the director. In addition, a variety of strategies is put in place to verify research outcomes, such as validation workshops with external experts or sometimes exchanges with colleagues from the Commission or other sister agencies. However, from an outsider's point of view the current approach may appear not sufficiently structured to provide the necessary guarantees of quality and especially transparency of the process.
This is why Cedefop decided to set up an internal working group to review current practice in Cedefop regarding peer review and the scientific process more generally and to come up with proposals for improvement.
The draft document attached has been endorsed by the HoD/D of 19/7 as a good starting point for the discussion. It provides a reflection on the key principles applicable to the use of peer review approach within the context of an agency like Cedefop which inevitably differs in a number of ways from the classical peer review in academic publishing.
On this basis, it is the intention of the HoD/D to operationalise the proposed approach and translate it in a short guideline to be finalises by end of September. For this reason, all experts in the three operational departments are invited to provide a feedback by the 5 of September.