Improving the evidence for research institute assessment

A report of a discussion forum

by Ian Viney, Andrew Knowles, Matthew Thakur, Emily Ryen Gloinson, Susan Guthrie

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In 2020, the Medical Research Council, Cancer Research UK and Wellcome, supported by RAND Europe, held discussions to examine the methods and data used to evidence progress in their research institutes. These discussions began with online meetings with a variety of funders and research institutes and concluded with a discussion forum to which research institute researchers, funding agency representatives, members of assessment panels and expert evaluators were invited to participate.The aim of these discussions was to help improve approaches, primarily used to make the case for the value of investment in these institutes. This working paper compiles the learning and recommendations that emerged from these discussions. The work was led by an organising committee with members from the Medical Research Council, CRUK, the Wellcome Trust, King's College London, the Francis Crick Institute, and RAND Europe who organised the discussion forum and reviewed drafts of this working paper.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One

    Introduction

  • Chapter Two

    Planning and scoping institute evaluations

  • Chapter Three

    Specific components of institute activities

  • Chapter Four

    Stakeholders

  • Chapter Five

    Evaluation methods

  • Appendix A

    Summary of the discussion forum

  • Appendix B

    List of invitees to the discussion forum

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