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Monitoring our progress

Monitoring and tracking the outcomes of our funded research is an important part of the work we do at the Wellcome Trust. This information helps to inform future Trust strategy and build the evidence base that demonstrates the importance of biomedical research to the economy and wider society.

In 2005/06 we established the Assessment Framework, which helps us track the progress of our funded work and understand its impact. Each year, we publish our Assessment Framework Report, which details our progress in the different areas we fund.

At the Wellcome Trust, our approach to monitoring and evaluation is balanced, proportionate and in close partnership with those we fund. We strive to ensure that we do not introduce perverse incentives into the research community or divert researchers from their work.

We recognise that the nature of research means the impacts of our funding are likely to emerge a considerable time after our spending, and the direct link to human and animal health may be difficult to track; consequently, we have developed a series of high-level indicators of progress, drawing on quantitative and qualitative information to provide an overview of how and where our support is making a difference.

We actively use the information collected to develop and refine our funding strategies and to communicate the achievements and outcomes that result from the research we support.

What we want to achieve

   

Indicators of progress

       

Discoveries

   
  • The generation of significant new knowledge and understanding.
  • Contributions to discoveries with tangible impacts on health.
       

Applications of research

   
  • Contributions to the development of enabling technologies, products and devices.
  • Uptake of research into policy and practice.
       

Engagement

   
  • Enhanced level of informed debate on biomedical science issues.
  • Significant engagement of key audiences in biomedical science and increased audience reach.
       

Research leaders

   
  • Development of a cadre of research leaders.
  • Evidence of significant career progression among those we support.
       

Research environment

   
  • Key contributions to the creation, development and maintenance of major research resources.
  • Contributions to the growth of centres of excellence.
       

Influence

   
  • Significant impact on science funding and policy developments.
  • Significant impact on global research priorities.
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