UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills publishes new Technopolis comparative study on appraisal and evaluation approaches for research infrastructures

23rd August 2018

Technopolis Group has recently completed an international comparative study on appraisal and evaluation of capital spending on research infrastructures (RI). Building on Technopolis’ large track of studies on RI and our broad geographical network, we analysed approaches in 14 countries: from Germany and Sweden to Australia, Canada and the USA. The case studies serve as a knowledge base for our client, the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BEIS): it gives an overview of international approaches, illustrated with examples of observed practices in individual countries.

In a second step, we reviewed and compared the strengths and weaknesses, similarities and differences, of the different international frameworks or models. We thus provide evidence on international best practice in governance, appraisal, monitoring and evaluation of science capital funding of research infrastructure.

For our client BEIS, the report offers reflections on the current state of the art, future challenges, and relevance of findings to the UK context. The insights contribute to BEIS’ current task of developing a framework for appraisal and evaluation that is specific to science and research capital spending.

For more information, please contact Dr Florian Berger.