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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.

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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1. February 2017

The selection process for the Swiss NCCR is evaluated by NIFU

Overall the NCCR selection process is well organised, but some unclarities and ineffective features should be adjusted.
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20. January 2017

Article on the relationship between training and innovation activities

NIFU researcher Pål Børing has published «The relationship between training and innovation activities in enterprises» in International Journal of Training and Development.
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  • 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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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 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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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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Feb 6 2017

Journal article in Sustainability, published online February 3, 2017. Abstract Although the bioeconomy has been embraced by many governments around the world as a way of responding to the grand challenge of climate change, it remains unclear what the bioeconomy is and how it can contribute to achieving these broad policy objectives. The aim of this paper is to improve ...

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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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Dec 5 2016

NIFU report 2014:5. This report was commissioned by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and presents the results from a survey of researchers in Switzerland conducted in October 2013. The purpose of the project is to provide background information to the SNSF for the development of their funding ...

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Nov 30 2016

NIFU Report 2016:36. The humanities are widely discussed in the science policy debate in Norway. Several books have been published on the field’s nature and uniqueness, and its framework conditions are discussed in leading newspapers and especially in the weekly Morgenbladet, which for a long time ran a series about the “crisis in the humanities”. The field is currently ...

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Nov 30 2016

NIFU Report 2016:37. NIFU has conducted a follow up study on social science research on environmentally friendly energy, on commission from the Research Council of Norway. The study builds on and updates a 2010 NIFU STEP report on the same ...

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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 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 6 2017

Journal article in Sustainability, published online February 3, 2017. Abstract Although the bioeconomy has been embraced by many governments around the world as a way of responding to the grand challenge of climate change, it remains unclear what the bioeconomy is and how it can contribute to achieving these broad policy objectives. The aim of this paper is to improve ...

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Feb 3 2017

Journal article in Policy and Society, published online February 3, 2017. Abstract The European educational landscape is changing. Education remains formally under the sphere of the nation states and has traditionally been resistant towards EU involvement. Several recent initiatives from joint policy-making point towards increased standardization as a key element of ...

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Jan 16 2017

Journal article in Sustainability, vol. 9(1):118, 2017. Abstract Production of cellulosic ethanol (CE) has not yet reached the scale envisaged by the literature and industry. This study explores CE production in Europe to improve understanding of the motivations and barriers associated with this situation. To do this, we conduct a case study-based analysis of CE ...

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Jan 10 2017

Journal article in International Journal of Training and Development, online January 5, 2017. Abstract We examine the relationship between enterprises’ use of employee training (or education) as a method to stimulate new ideas or creativity among their staff and enterprises’ innovation activities. A data set of 5204 Norwegian enterprises is used. Based on correlation ...

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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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