A recent Portuguese law requires public higher education institutions to evaluate their academic staff at least once every three years and establishes the principles according to which the regulations are approved by each institution. Staff member evaluation aims at shaping individual staff member activity and is an instrument to regulate their career. Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), the faculty of engineering of the Technical University of Lisbon, has opted to develop an elaborate process, described in the present paper, based on a multiple criteria approach. The procedure has a significant degree of freedom in order to be aligned with the institutional mission and goals and to consider the breadth of the activity of the members of the academic staff. On the other hand, its complexity and the very degree of freedom may hinder its readability and, as a consequence, its effectiveness.
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