The Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST) was established as a research centre on 1 January 1995 in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Stellenbosch University. In January 2010 it also became an academic department in the same Faculty.

As a research centre its work covers the broad fields of bibliometrics and scientometrics, research on higher education knowledge production, human resources in science and technology, research evaluation and impact assessment studies and studies on the communication patterns of scientists.

As an academic department it hosts five post-graduate programmes in Monitoring and Evaluation Studies and Science and Technology Studies. Since 1 April 2014 it hosts the DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence in Scientometrics and Science, Technology and Innovation Policy and since 1 January 2015 the SARCHI Chair in Science Communication.