This report describes a holistic approach and assessment framework for evaluating 'research' that goes beyond the traditional deliberative means (e.g., peer review) and often used analytics (e.g., bibliometrics).
The approach underscores that scientific merit is a necessary but insufficient condition for judging research quality and acknowledges that determining the effectiveness of research (in terms of its relevance, use and impact) should not only involve researchers, research managers and funders but multiple stakeholders and potential users. Hence, the RQ+ Assessment Framework consists of three components:
(1) key influences (enabling or constraining factors) either within the research endeavor or in the external environment;
(2) research quality dimensions (integrity, legitimacy, importance, positioning for use) and subdimensions which are closely inter-related; and,
(3) customizable assessment rubrics (also called 'evaluative rubrics') that make use of both qualitative and quantitative measures.
The work was conducted with input from staff and support from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in Canada which primarily funds and facilitates global South-based research for development.