Developing research strategies and assessment




Ministry of Education (Saudi Arabia)

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This work provided an overview of and recommendations for the development of university research and innovation strategy evaluations in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Working for the Saudi Ministry of Education, Research Consulting were part of a consultancy team that delivered a project to pilot and inform approaches to research strategy development and the allocation of funds to support research via a developing national assessment approach.

The work involved support for the design of an assessment methodology, a review of initial submissions by 27 universities and feedback to them, with a final review and scoring of submitted evidence.

The submitted evidence included:
• Evidence on research funding and outcomes including patents
• Evidence from bibliometric analysis
• Narratives identifying the strategy and priorities for research at each university

The output of this work was a final report which set out high-level recommendations on repeating the exercise in future and recommended potential research funding tools and resources.