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Possibilities to intervene : A comparison of the intervention instruments available to supervisory bodies in the Netherlands.

Wieren, Arno van (2019) Possibilities to intervene : A comparison of the intervention instruments available to supervisory bodies in the Netherlands.

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Abstract:This study examined whether the intervention instruments used by other supervisory bodies in the Netherlands could be inspiring to the NVAO. The NVAO is in its role as independent accreditation organization for the Netherlands and Flanders responsible for ensuring the quality of higher education in the Netherlands and Flanders. To achieve this the NVAO accredits both new and existing study programs and assesses the quality assurance of higher education institutions. To investigate which intervention instruments used by supervisory bodies in the Netherlands would be applicable for the NVAO the Dutch Healthcare Authority, the Authority for the Financial Markets and the Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate have been investigated and compared through a framework on supervision. The intervention tools used by the compared supervisory bodies are placed in one of the seven steps of intervention ladder designed by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics (2007). The intervention tools used by the NVAO are than placed in the intervention ladder together with the intervention tools than can be an addition for the NVAO. For the compared supervisory bodies the main measure that would be applicable for the NVAO would be increasing the provision of information, for example by explaining accreditation decisions through mass and/or social media like interviews in newspapers, recorded interviews published on Youtube or by disturbing folders and factsheets. A second measure would be to actively expect universities to do an institutional audit (ITK) while still maintaining the option to not do it. A third measure is guiding choices through incentives in the form of faming universities that are performing (exceptionally) well. It should, however, be mentioned that the NVAO is already providing information and faming institutions to an extent.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:Public Administration MSc (60020)
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