MRC will be running their annual e-Val exercise from Monday October 4th to Friday November 26th.
Staff who hold, or recently held, an MRC award will be asked to complete the survey.
Seems to me that, although specialist medical questions are included, many of the questions are the sort of thing that might be relevant to any award and that MRC e-Val represents a good starting point for standardising questions for output/outcome/impact collection for Research Council’s.
I plan to do some more analysis of this this autumn.
The question set for this year’s e-Val survey has now been published and can be found via the following link:
MRC have attempted, as a principle, to try and maintain the same question set as last year, wherever possible, as they do not want researchers to feel that they are being asked a different survey. However, having reviewed the data, some changes to the questions were required to ensure that MRC had the most accurate data set available. The changes are:
- Section 3 – Further Funding – Added questions to ask when funding started and ended. MRC were previously unable to report these data in financial or calendar years. Complete responses from last year will now show as incomplete, prompting researchers to go back in and add these new responses.
- Section 4 – Next Destination – added a question to ask which country a staff member moved into (if known). mrc were unable to identify what percentage of personnel moved into roles within the UK. Complete responses from last year will now show as incomplete, prompting researchers to go back in and add these new responses.
- Section 5 – Dissemination – Changed the drop down options to describe how the research was disseminated. Responses from last year will have been mapped across into the new responses, meaning that researchers need only check they are satisfied that the new category is correct.
- Section 6 – Influence on Policy – Has been renamed to Influence on Policy and Practice.
- Section 8 – Intellectual Property – Researchers are now asked to provide the patent publication number for all patent applications published or granted. MRC were previously unable to identify where different researchers had referenced the same discovery. Complete responses from last year will now show as incomplete, prompting researchers to go back in and add these new responses.
- Section 9 – Products and Interventions – All the drop down menus have been revised and simplified. Responses from 2009 will have been mapped into the new categories, with no further input required from researchers. A new question has been added to summarise the development status of the product. Complete responses from last year will now show as incomplete, prompting researchers to go back in and add these new responses.
- For NPRI/LLHW awards – New sections have been added to replace the generic use of section 12.
Please do not hesitate to contact the MRC Project Manager if you have any questions (contact details below).
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