Independent research quality management is an imperative for modern research institutions. Assuring high research quality standards has always been a key principle of the DAI. The statutes and bylaws of the Institute and its commissions prescribe an array of quality management measures, defined in detail in the target agreement of the DAI President and the department/commission directors. Performance evaluation and quality control are thus performed on several levels, both within the DAI and with the support of external experts.
In compliance with the statutes, the Executive Committee and the commissions decide on the funding of research projects as supervisory body. To enable this decision process, the departments/commissions consolidate their research program in a research plan which they submit to the Executive Committee for discussion. During the meeting of the Executive Committee, the directors report in person on the progress of their departments/commissions. As of 2014, they also submit digital research reports and a digital annual report. Prior to this, the annual report was published in the Archäologischer Anzeiger.
The individual departments and commissions are regularly evaluated by two members of the Executive Committee and one external evaluator. The evaluation includes an on-site visit as well as a written report that the evaluators submit to the Executive Committee. The directors of the departments/commissions have the chance to respond to these reports. After a period of three years the department/commission directors issue a statement on the response and implementation of recommendations.
DAI was first evaluated by the German Council of Sciences and Humanities in 2007. The second evaluation will be carried out in 2014/2015.
The high quality standards of DAI publications are ensured by the peer review process, which has been expanded since 2005 and is applied consistently to all publications.
In addition to this, DAI has been commissioning external evaluations of individual elements of its research infrastructure, including IT, libraries, and the editorial offices. The results of these evaluations form the basis for comprehensive reorganization measures.