10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.  

Roundtable Discussion 2: Scientific Merit Assessment


Facilitator: Ian Graham


Discussion Questions:


• What type(s) of scientific merit assessment review does your organization use to assess directed research proposals? How does it differ from your process for assessing scientific merit for other types of research?


What are the strengths and weaknesses of each type of review?


What metrics are used in the review to evaluate scientific merit?


Who decides that a research project should be approved and that the research should be initiated (“authorization to proceed”)?




Roundtable Discussion 3: Evaluation and Quality Improvement


Facilitator: Kathie Olsen


Discussion Questions:


Monitoring progress and evaluating project results:


◦ How is the progress of a directed research project monitored over the course of the project? How is the success of each project evaluated once it is complete?


◦ What metrics are used and over what period of time? (e.g., Did the researcher deliver the product on time? Did the result meet the needs of the requestor?)


Evaluating the directed research process:


◦ How is the overall quality of directed research process evaluated?

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