In 2014, the seed was planted from which Comproved has grown. At that time, University of Antwerp, imec and University of Ghent jointly started a research project with the central question: what is the added value of comparative judgement for the evaluation of complex skills? The project was named D-PAC (Development of a Platform for the Assessment of Competences). In the years that followed, we – the researchers – became experts in education, assessment and (comparative) judgement.
The research project resulted in a good number of PhDs and publications. Because we needed real-life assessment situations, we worked together with teachers. They increasingly asked: ‘Will we still be able to use the tool if the research project stops?
This is how Comproved was born. Comproved helps lecturers and assessors to assess fairly and with quality. We do this with knowledge and with practical tooling.
Sven De Maeyer is a full-time professor in the Department of Training and Educational Sciences at the University of Antwerp. His research focuses on all issues related to measurement and evaluation. If you want advice on research into comparative judgement, he’s your man.