CWTS B.V. offers a range of services that support organisational learning and strategic policy planning in research management. Our Evaluative Inquiry approach helps research organisations with making their research values and strengths visible in the context of the research organisation and stakeholder relations. Furthermore, it is aligned with the Strategy Evaluation Protocol (SEP) by VSNU, KNAW and NWO and provides valuable input for the self-evaluation report. Additionally, CWTS B.V. offers a range of courses on using bibliometric analyses for research management and research evaluation.

Evaluative Inquiry


The Evaluative Inquiry provides research organisations with input for research evaluation and organisational learning. With a rich portfolio of quantitative and qualitative methods and committed analysts, the EI makes visible an organisation’s research values and strengths in the context of the conduct of its research and the network of users and stakeholders.

Read more about the Evaluative Inquiry in the four thematic blog posts: academic value is more than performance, evaluative research in context, mixing methods for evaluating research and accountability & learning.

Bibliometric Data Sources and Indicators

This course provides an introduction to bibliometric data sources and indicators. The course covers the fundamentals that professional users of bibliometrics need to be familiar with. The course Bibliometric Data Sources and Indicators has different editions, offered on-site in Leiden, the Netherlands and offered online.

Visualising Science Using VOSviewer

The aim of this course is to give the participants a thorough introduction to science mapping, with a special emphasis on the VOSviewer software developed at Leiden University’s Centre for Science and Technology Studies. Participants are introduced to the main techniques for visualising science. Special attention is paid to applications in a research evaluation and research management context.

Scientometrics Using Open Data

Scientometric analyses are increasingly performed using open data, making these analyses more transparent, inclusive, and reproducible. The course Scientometrics Using Open Data provides an in-depth introduction to such open data, covering data sources such as Crossref, ORCID, OpenAlex, and others. CWTS organizes the course jointly with the Curtin Open Knowledge Initiative (COKI). It is offered online.

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