The project Quality and Impact of the Recognition Networks (IMPACT) aims to substantially boost the quality and effectiveness of the NARIC networks.

Project overview

The project runs from 1 March 2016 to 28 February 2018 and focuses on:

  • strengthening the quality assurance of the ENIC-NARIC networks;
  • connecting European admissions officers to the NARIC network;
  • evaluating the impact of the ENIC-NARIC networks.

Consortium members

The IMPACT consortium is composed of the following ENIC-NARIC networks: UK NARIC, NARIC France, NARIC Denmark, NARIC Lithuania, NARIC Italy, NARIC Ireland, NARIC Latvia and NARIC The Netherlands.

Other partners involved are:

  • The Hochschulrektorenkonferenz
  • The European University Association
  • The Vice-President of the Lisbon Recognition Convention (LRC) Committee
  • The President of the ENIC Bureau
  • The European Consortium for Accreditation

IMPACT is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.


Quality assurance for the ENIC-NARIC networks

The voluntary quality assurance system for ENIC-NARICs is a tool to help the centres systematically review and improve their recognition practices, using a set of standards and guidelines based on the Lisbon Recognition Convention (LRC) and the ENIC-NARIC charter.

The tool follows a clear protocol and consists of a self-evaluation, a SWOT analysis and an external peer review.

SQUARE Self-evaluation and Peer Review Protocol (319 kB)

IMPACT helped improve the quality of recognition practices by organising 2 rounds of peer reviews for 11 ENIC-NARIC centres. Since 2012, there have been 25 reviews, including 3 centres that were reviewed twice.

The following 11 countries participated in the 2 peer review rounds:


  • Belarus
  • Belgium (Flanders)
  • Israel
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Russian Federation


  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Ireland
  • The Netherlands
  • Turkey

Connecting European admissions officers to the NARIC networks

European admissions officers play a key role in recognition within Europe, because they make most of the recognition decisions. IMPACT explored how to connect admissions officers to the ENIC-NARIC networks, and to support knowledge exchange and more streamlined recognition practices.

Following a consultation with admissions officers and the ENIC-NARIC networks, a European Admissions Officers platform was launched in the spring of 2018. To join, please email Ms Katrien Bardoel or Ms Jenneke Lokhoff.

Impact evaluation of the NARIC networks

The third aim of the IMPACT project was to conduct an impact evaluation of the ENIC-NARIC networks in order to identify any blind spots in the strengths and weaknesses of the network.

A sample of ENIC-NARIC centres has been selected to participate in the impact evaluation, which was conducted by the European University Association (EUA). The final report includes recommendations on how to further strengthen the ENIC-NARIC networks.

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More information

For further information on the IMPACT project, please contact us.

Project coordinators

The coordinators of this project are: Ms Jenneke Lokhoff, Ms Katrien Bardoel and Mr Bas Wegewijs.

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