Evaluation is a fact of life at all levels of research whether it be of research outcomes or the researchers themselves. Assessments are carried out by research units, institutions, evaluation agencies, government bodies and funders for a variety of reasons and with a variety of impacts on research itself and the careers of the researchers involved. 
In the last years, it has become increasingly obvious that the research evaluation in the fields of the social sciences and the humanities raises specific issues and faces specific difficulties. 
 The EvalHum initiative sets out to look at who evaluates, why this evaluation is done and what are the effects on that evaluation on Social Science and Humanities research, with a particular regard to the differences in all these aspects related to the particularities of the field. Its main belief is that evaluation is not only to be seen as a research object or a managerial issue, but as a facet of research life in which the main stakeholders, the researchers themselves, must be involved.