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G4HE evaluation plans

The G4HE project is one of a group of Jisc projects being used to pilot using economic methods as a core part of their evaluation. Evidence Base is responsible for the evaluation work package which aims to examine the value of the project deliverables to the sector. We have received advice from an economic consultant working with Jisc to develop methods which can enable us to estimate a monetary value for the tools developed through the project. Some of the methods we hope to utilise include:

  • Shadow pricing – analysis of similar tools to estimate a cost for a tool to achieve the specified function

  • Expected valuation – an estimation of how much institutions would be willing to pay for the tool

  • Time saved/efficiencies – gathering information on how workflows could be streamlined and an estimation of how much time (and money) could be saved

  • Take up and demand – usage levels and information about users

  • New opportunities – investigating (and valuing) new opportunities which institutions would have due to the new tools and data available

The tools are likely to support a number of different stakeholders for different functions:

  1. research administration (maintaining accurate records, providing information in response to requests)

  2. management (benchmarking, key performance indicators, performance review and measurement, planning and forecasting)

  3. academic (supporting better research and improved collaboration)

In order to get information to support our evaluation and understand more about the opinions of the different stakeholders and potential users of our tools, we’ll be speaking to a number of people across the sector to understand more about how it may add value for different types of institutions and different workflows. We plan to undertake a series of interviews before the tools have been developed (to understand current workflows and expectations of the tools), and again after the tools have been developed (to understand how they may be used).

We have some contacts from earlier in the project, but if you’re interested in the project and would like to help the evaluation, please contact ebase@bcu.ac.uk.

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