Following consultation with our Science Board, STFC Council have agreed a new process for programme evaluation on the recommendation of STFC Executive Board (EB). It builds on the successful features of previous programmatic reviews and remains a robust process to assess performance and future opportunities but moves to a lighter touch approach.
Due to the long term nature of STFC’s core programme it is important to evaluate it regularly to ensure it continues to meet STFC’s highest priority strategic goals. As part of this evaluation it is necessary to ensure that the balance within and between each element of the programme is the most appropriate within the funding available.
In the past the entire core programme has been reviewed at the same time in one ‘programmatic review’ however, these are extremely resource intensive and do not always achieve the intended aims in some areas.
As part of recent changes to STFC’s organisational structure, strategy processes have been refreshed, including consideration of how we evaluate programmes. The aim is to turn the long term review of the research programme into “business as usual” that is not a large onerous task, at any one time, for either staff or the research community. Whilst at the same time continuing to ensure there is an ongoing consultative dialogue with the community.
The first of these new strategic evaluations will take place this autumn.
To ensure STFC’s core programme continues to be of world-leading quality and in-line with STFC strategy.
This programme evaluation is not a peer review process but is a light touch strategic review that provides a strategic framework in which peer review decisions can be made.
The evaluation has two key elements.
Ongoing dialogue and consultation with our research community will continue to be a prime part of this evaluation process as it develops over time.
To learn more please contact Victoria Wright.