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The Nordic Institute for Studies in Innovation, Research and Education (NIFU) is an independent social science research institute, organized as a non-profit foundation.

22. June 2017

Impacts of Norwegian development research

Norwegian development research is widely used and applied in various settings, both in national contexts and not least internationally.
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16. June 2017

PhD Research Fellowship at NIFU dedicated to the study of Research Quality

NIFU hereby announces a vacant position at our Centre for Research Quality and Policy Impact Studies (R-QUEST). The successful candidate will be required to take part in the PhD programme at the Faculty of Social Sciences at UiO.
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7. March 2017

Articles on HELOs and higher education in special issue

NIFU researchers Nicoline Frølich, Tine S. Prøitz, Agnete Vabø and Per Olaf Aamodt have published several articles in the latest issue of European Journal of Higher Education (vol. 52, issue 1, part I).
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6. March 2017

Book chapter on the consequences of change in higher education

NIFU researchers Mari Elken and Nicoline Frølich have published “Pulling the plug in a bathtub: the big consequences of a small change in Norwegian higher education” in Policy analysis of structural reforms in higher education: processes and outcomes.
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13. February 2017

Article on standardization in higher education in Europe

NIFU researcher Mari Elken has published “Standardization of (higher) education in Europe – policy coordination 2.0?” in Policy and Society.
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9. February 2017

Article on the transition towards the bioeconomy

NIFU researchers Lisa Scordato, Markus Bugge and Arne Martin Fevolden have published «Directionality across diversity: governing contending policy rationales in the transition towards the bioeconomy» in Sustainability.
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  • Statistics & Indicators
  • Higher Education
  • Primary & Secondary Education
  • Research & Innovation

The research area has the national responsibility for collection, processing, interpretation and dissemination of national R&D statistics and indicators for the overall Norwegian R&D system. Tasks includes the preparation of R&D statistics and development of new indicators, managing the Register of research personnel, as well as facilitating and analyzing patent data and data on scientific publications (bibliometrics).

The area aims to contribute to the development of better and more relevant indicators for the purpose of designing research and innovation policy in Norway as well as internationally.

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This research area covers a wide range of themes in Norwegian and international higher education. Higher education is studied from both individual and system perspectives. Key research themes are focused on universities and university colleges, their core activities, organisation and leadership, as well as students and staff in higher education. NIFUs research in this area is placed in a wider context of knowledge policies.

Our aim is to produce knowledge that can enable quality enhancement across various levels of education, examining both the trajectories from secondary to higher education, and the role higher education as a means for employability and lifelong learning.

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The research area comprises studies of all levels of primary and secondary education and training, as well as kindergarten and continuing education and training. NIFU conducts research within a broad educational policy framework and an overall goal is to provide research results and knowledge to improve quality at all levels of the educational system, from kindergarten through basic and higher education to employment.

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Jun 27 2017

NIFU report 2017:11. The Research Council of Norway has several funding schemes for public funding of industry-oriented research and development (R&D). The aim of this study is to investigate funding schemes in five other European countries, both in term of funding mix and patterns, what are the most important schemes in other countries and finally to which degree EU State ...

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Jun 21 2017

NIFU report 2017:13. This report presents the findings of a project commissioned by the Research Council of Norway (RCN). The main purpose of the project has been to capture and analyze the results and impacts of development research in Norway. Special attention has been devoted to RCN’s targeted programmes in this area during the last 20 ...

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Jun 15 2017

NIFU report 2017:6. This report presents a bibliometric analysis of Norwegian polar research and research in Svalbard and is a background report for the ongoing evaluation of the field. The analysis is carried out on the commission of the Research Council of ...

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May 11 2017

Journal article in Nordic Journal of Studies in Educational Policy, published online April 24, 2017. Abstract: This paper addresses the publication of results from national tests in primary and lower secondary schools by Norwegian national authorities. Test results must be made available to the public, and are published in an aggregated format at school, municipal, ...

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May 1 2017

NIFU Report 2017:8. This report presents the findings of an analysis of Regional innovation systems (RIS) in Norway. The analysis was undertaken as part of the research project ‘Exploring the role of the VRI program in regional innovation system formation and new path development’, funded by the Research Council of Norway through the VRI program and coordinated by ...

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Apr 7 2017

Journal article in PloS ONE, vol. 12(3), 2017. Abstract: The scientific foundation for the criticism on the use of the Journal Impact Factor (JIF) in evaluations of individual researchers and their publications was laid between 1989 and 1997 in a series of articles by Per O. Seglen. His basic work has since influenced initiatives such as the San Francisco Declaration on ...

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Mar 24 2017

Journal article in Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining, published online March 15, 2017. Abstract: The concept of a bioeconomy can be understood as an economy where the basic building blocks for materials, chemicals, and energy are derived from renewable biological resources. Biorefineries are considered an integral part of the development toward a future sustainable ...

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Jun 27 2017

NIFU report 2017:11. The Research Council of Norway has several funding schemes for public funding of industry-oriented research and development (R&D). The aim of this study is to investigate funding schemes in five other European countries, both in term of funding mix and patterns, what are the most important schemes in other countries and finally to which degree EU State ...

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Jun 21 2017

NIFU report 2017:13. This report presents the findings of a project commissioned by the Research Council of Norway (RCN). The main purpose of the project has been to capture and analyze the results and impacts of development research in Norway. Special attention has been devoted to RCN’s targeted programmes in this area during the last 20 ...

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Jun 15 2017

NIFU report 2017:6. This report presents a bibliometric analysis of Norwegian polar research and research in Svalbard and is a background report for the ongoing evaluation of the field. The analysis is carried out on the commission of the Research Council of ...

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May 1 2017

NIFU Report 2017:8. This report presents the findings of an analysis of Regional innovation systems (RIS) in Norway. The analysis was undertaken as part of the research project ‘Exploring the role of the VRI program in regional innovation system formation and new path development’, funded by the Research Council of Norway through the VRI program and coordinated by ...

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Mar 13 2017

NIFU Working Paper 2016:20.   The working paper is based on data gathered in the frame of the three-year Polish-Norwegian research project "Gender Equality at the University" (2013-2016). The project was funded by the Polish-Norwegian Research Programme and the National Centre for Research and Development (NCBiR). The research being subject of the paper was implemented ...

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Feb 23 2017

NIFU Report 2016:35.  This report was commissioned by the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science and examines steering approaches in five European countries in light of recent trends in higher education governance and ...

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Jan 31 2017

NIFU Report 2016:42.  Starting up in 2001, the Swiss National Centres of Competence in Research (NCCR) support long-term research networks in areas of importance for Swiss science, economy and society. Four calls for proposals have been issued and in total 36 NCCRs ...

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Jan 10 2017

NIFU-rapport 2016:45.   This report presents the findings from a study of the knowledge triangle in Norway carried out by the Nordic Institute for Studies of Innovation, Research and Education (NIFU) in the period September 2015 to January 2016. The study was commissioned by the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research, and is part of an OECD project organised by the ...

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May 11 2017

Journal article in Nordic Journal of Studies in Educational Policy, published online April 24, 2017. Abstract: This paper addresses the publication of results from national tests in primary and lower secondary schools by Norwegian national authorities. Test results must be made available to the public, and are published in an aggregated format at school, municipal, ...

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Apr 7 2017

Journal article in PloS ONE, vol. 12(3), 2017. Abstract: The scientific foundation for the criticism on the use of the Journal Impact Factor (JIF) in evaluations of individual researchers and their publications was laid between 1989 and 1997 in a series of articles by Per O. Seglen. His basic work has since influenced initiatives such as the San Francisco Declaration on ...

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Mar 24 2017

Journal article in Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining, published online March 15, 2017. Abstract: The concept of a bioeconomy can be understood as an economy where the basic building blocks for materials, chemicals, and energy are derived from renewable biological resources. Biorefineries are considered an integral part of the development toward a future sustainable ...

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Mar 22 2017

Journal article in Journal of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, vol. 6(6) 2017. Abstract: Background: The paper examines the regional effects of a general innovation policy, i.e. a policy tool that does not target specific industries or subnational regions. General policy tools are an important part of the portfolio of innovation policy measures. However, there is a ...

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Mar 21 2017

Journal article in Procedia Computer Science, vol. 106, 2017. Abstract: The European Reference Index for the Humanities and the Social Sciences (ERIH PLUS) may provide national and institutional CRIS systems with a well-defined, standardized and dynamic register of scholarly journals and series in the social sciences and humanities. The register goes beyond the coverage ...

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Mar 16 2017

Journal article in Sustainability, vol. 9(419), 2017. Abstract: This article provides an overview of the literature on demonstration projects and trials, and accounts for how insights drawn from this literature can contribute to the development of a sustainable bioeconomy. The article reviews the literature on demonstration projects and trials, covering both more ...

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Feb 13 2017

Journal article in Regional studies, published online January 17, 2017. Abstract: Proximity and power in collaborative innovation projects. Regional Studies. The proximity literature has so far paid little attention to power relations in collaborative innovation projects. This paper draws on contributions from international business to examine if power constellations ...

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Jun 23 2016

In this project, we intend to deepen our understanding of the relationships between lifelong learning and the employability of older adults. By carrying out both quantitative and qualitative studies, we will seek to identify the forms and trajectories of learning that are most conducive to the employment of older adults and explore whether there are gaps or weaknesses ...

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Jul 6 2016

OECD har tatt initiativ til en ny undersøkelse rettet mot ledelse og ansatte i barnehagesektoren. Hovedmålgruppen for undersøkelsen er styrere og ansatte i barnehager med barn i alderen 3-5 år (ISCED 0.2). Norge deltar også i en egen undersøkelse rettet mot ledelse og ansatte i barnehager med barn i alderen 0-3 år (ISCED 0.1). NIFU har ansvar for gjennomføring av ...

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Nov 30 2015

The SusValueWaste-project addresses these issues by analysing value chains inside and across different sectors of the bioeconomy. We analyse a number of industrial cases from different parts of the bioeconomy and collaborate with highly relevant industry actors. The aim of the project is to help policymakers better govern and regulate the organic waste industry and the ...

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Nov 30 2015

The technical-industrial research institutes constitute a core element of the Norwegian R&D and innovation system. The planned evaluation of the technical-industrial research institutes in 2015 will encompass 18 units/institutes, and give a wide perspective of the institutes’ activities and framework conditions. It shall provide assessments of how the institutes perform ...

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Jul 4 2016

The BRAIN Project, with the full name Barriers and drivers regarding adult education, skills acquisition and innovative activity, is funded by The Norwegian Research Council, under the programme Research and Innovation in the Educational Sector (FINNUT) for the period 2014 – 2017. A central objective is the application of PIAAC data to conduct international comparisons on ...

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Dec 1 2016

NIFU’s study on education quality and student learning for Norad aims to: -Identify key challenges for education quality                                                                                    -Identify types of interventions that have shown the most successful results in terms ...

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Dec 1 2016

Climate change is considered to be an interdisciplinary field of research (Hadorn et al. 2008), i.e. it is viewed as being dependent on the knowledge and skills of people from a variety of different disciplinary backgrounds. Researchers of climate change are increasingly organising themselves into interdisciplinary centres and networks, while research evaluators (RCN, 2012) ...

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