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This report sets out our approach and findings in developing a research impact performance management system for The Research Council (TRC), Oman. RAND Europe was asked to design and apply a research impact performance management system that demonstrates and communicates the impact of TRC's programmes in relation to TRC's mandate, as outlined in Royal Decree 54/2005 (which established TRC), Royal Decree 30/2010 (which gave TRC administrative and financial independence from civil services system) and in the vision set out in the National Research Strategy.

TRC is the main funding body in Oman and plays an important role in implementing the National Research Strategy. The mission of TRC as outlined in its strategy is 'to create an innovation ecology that is responsive to local needs and international trends, fosters social harmony, and leads to creativity and excellence.'

Designing and applying the research impact performance management system is different from a full implementation in a dashboard-based system. That would require a full data collection and validation process across all indicators specified in the dashboard, as well as development, testing and implementation of an IT system which would integrate data across TRC. The aim of this project is to build the basic architecture of the research impact performance management system in such a way that it is tailored to the context in Oman and that of TRC, and apply and test the logic within that system by applying some of the data collected through the various phases.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One


  • Chapter Two

    Building the dashboard — Developing Guiding Principles

  • Chapter Three

    The TRC dashboard and Indicators

  • Chapter Four

    Data collection and headline findings

  • Chapter Five

    Conclusion and recommendations

  • Chapter Six

    Appendix 1: Overview of TRC programmes

  • Chapter Seven

    Appendix 2: Bibliometric analysis

  • Chapter Eight

    Appendix 3: Survey analysis

  • Chapter Nine

    Appendix 4: Case studies

  • Chapter Ten

    Appendix 5: Programme-level dashboards

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