The Volkswagen Foundation perceives itself as a learning organization in which quality assurance plays a central role. This is particularly the case for the Foundation’s core activity: Research funding. Measures of quality assurance are implemented at all stages of the funding process – starting with the development of new funding offers, through application and review procedures, monitoring activities up to the conclusion of single projects or funding initiatives.
In 2005 the Foundation expanded its concept of quality assurance by the instrument of "external Evaluation". In external evaluations independent experts carry out comprehensive assessments of the Foundations objectives, funding concepts, instruments, and procedures of the Foundation. External evaluations serve to provide assessments of the efficiency and goal attainment of the management and funding activities as well as to identify future perspectives.