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The British Council asked Research Consulting to produce a report which explores the relationships between international trust and collaboration in higher education and science.
Scientific advances and innovation are now more important than ever to address global, national and regional challenges and no one country can tackle these challenges alone. This has been made ever more abundantly clear recently in our understanding of and global response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
While science and technology are increasingly characterised by systemic competition between and within countries, academic research remains collaborative in nature. Research collaboration brings together different forms of expertise, enables access to a wider range of data and brings research findings to a broader audience.
We adopted a five-stage process to produce the report, beginning with a brief scoping review and case study analysis, followed by a more in-depth data analysis and a series of interviews with 27 policymakers and research funders. We then integrated and analysed all our findings before establishing a set of key recommendations.
Research Consulting and 4Sciences brought significant rigour to the delivery of a challenging project and their reporting outputs are excellent. A disciplined approach to project management kept us informed and on track against a very tight delivery timescale. Regular catch-ups kept the British Council team engaged in the progress and highlighted how the evidence was addressing the brief, allowing us to agree changes in focus to reflect the emerging evidence.Michael Peak – Senior Advisor, Education Research, British Council