Boost for international research evaluation

06/10/05

Washington/Brussels/Seoul. The 2005 KISTEP1-WREN2 Workshop, which was held in Seoul, South Korea from 30-31 May 2005, brought together 30 speakers and 200 participants from the US, the EU and Asia for a discussion on R&D evaluation. The objective of the workshop was to encourage a focused dialogue among nations to result in actionable items that address common science evaluation challenges and help R&D managers to evaluate the efficacy of current and future publicly funded R&D plans, programs, and initiatives.

Day 1 of the workshop presented the progress and challenges of national models for evaluating public R&D programs. Day 2 displayed current major issues in R&D program evaluation in 4 sessions: Developing Effective Comparative Performance Indicators, Ex-Ante Evaluation for Public R&D Investments, New Tools for Systems Level Evaluation and Ex-Post Evaluation for Public R&D Investments.

The workshop concluded with a proposal to begin establishing and collaborating in the International Framework for Evaluation of Research (INTER) program in which organizations that are responsible for evaluation and strategic planning of publicly funded R&D come together to understand and share the current theories and best practices in measurement and evaluation. With WREN, or European Commission, or U.S. Department of Energy as the Secretariat of INTER, the first 3 years will serve as a trial period in which a network of 3 working groups will focus on the themes of Theory and Evidence Based Evaluation, New Evaluation Models and Tools, and Reliable and Internationally Comparable Data.

Speaking after the conference, Bill Valdez said that "The Korea WREN Workshop was a significant step forward in establishing methodologies which can be used by public bodies and eventually private sector organizations and commercial concerns. This will contribute to the development of more effective science and innovation policies and programmes".

The workshop highlighted common challenges and issues facing nations in terms of lacking international and national evaluation standards and comparability. As the result of the workshop, the R&D evaluation communities are ready to move forward in working and learning together, exchanging ideas, and engaging in collaborative projects to reach the goal of finding improved R&D evaluation as a means to support the growth, competitiveness, and quality of our life.

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