Ongoing monitoring which compiles key figures and the results of surveys and evaluations is a cornerstone of quality assurance. It provides the basis for an overall assessment of quality in all performance areas. Existing tools, particularly in the area of teaching, are subject to ongoing enhancement. The regular assessment of the achievement of targets is therefore the starting point both for setting targets in the upcoming planning phase and for a critical approach, thereby reducing inefficient and ineffective performance. The purpose of reports is to present information which can be used as the basis for decision-making on the future direction of TUW by organisational units or individual processes. This information is to be interpreted by managers and decisions are to be made on this basis. Reports support but do not replace managers’ ability to make judgements and decisions.
External reporting primarily serves accountability towards providers of funding, most notably the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy, but also funding agencies or cooperation partners from research, business and the public. The annual intellectual capital statement is one of the most important external reports. In addition to a narrative section and a report on target implementation and plans in the performance agreement, in this report TUW publishes a total of 26 key figures to illustrate the predominantly intangible assets and outputs in research and teaching. Further reports are produced for other specific purposes, such as a ranking report on the position of TUW in international university rankings.