Evaluation Studies and Statistical Reports
With the evaluation of a DFG funding programme, it is possible to (a) assess the success of a process and (b) lay an empirical basis for DFG funding policy. In doing so, evaluative studies utilise sociological methods, such as statistical analyses, surveys or bibliometric assessments.
Licensing for Digital Content - Review of a DFG funding program (2021)
The German Research Foundation’s (DFG) “Licensing for Digital Content” funding program was examined in 2018 and 2019 in order to provide the DFG’s statutory bodies with a basis for decisions on how to deal with the funding offer after the program, which was set up for a limited period until the end of 2020, expires.
Since 2010, the funding has aimed to optimize the supply of research-relevant digital resources to the scientific community. After ten years of funding alliance licenses, the program has now been analyzed in its overall contribution to structure building at the national level.
Further Studies and Reports
Doctoral programme lengths and doctoral degrees are highly relevant to research policy, but information on them is scarce. In two statistical reports, the DFG analyses data on doctorates completed in the context of Collaborative Research Centres, Research Training Groups, Clusters of Excellence and Graduate Schools.
The reports "Personnel Structures in Collaborative Research Centres" and "Personnel Structures in Research Training Groups" provide information on the personnel make-up of these two DFG-funded programmes. They have now been updated with the data from the 2019 survey year. The focus of the reports is on distribution according to gender, place of employment prior to joining the group and the funding of researchers. Distributions are shown for different scientific disciplines and five-year trends are indicated.
The report "Open Access Publishing" contains extensive information from an empirical evaluation of the funding programme with which the DFG has been supporting the gold route of open access since 2010.