2010 evaluation of the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS)

In the 2010 evaluation of the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) it was found to be an efficient, effective and appropriate model for developing important research infrastructure in Australia.

The NCRIS model is defined by how it:

  • emphasised collaboration
  • strategically identified priorities through consultative roadmapping
  • facilitated the development of capability plans
  • funded skilled staff and operating costs.

Key findings

Key findings by terms of reference:

  • Appropriateness - The NCRIS model is appropriate for funding medium to large scale research infrastructure and is superior to previous models. It greatly improved the allocation of resources.
  • Effectiveness - NCRIS was cost-effective and met research infrastructure needs (as defined for funding purposes).
  • Efficiency - NCRIS was managed efficiently with appropriate administrative costs. However, it needed greater transparency around how access fees for infrastructure are charged.
  • Integration - NCRIS engaged successfully with the Australian Government, state and territory governments and government agencies.
  • Performance assessment - NCRIS adequately assessed performance for NCRIS capabilities.
  • Strategic policy alignment - NCRIS aligned with the Australian Government's broader policy objectives.

Evaluators

The evaluation team was organised by the then Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education, and drew on the work of a science panel and an economic consultant.

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