The Programmes of Research were put in place in April 2006 with a commitment by the Scottish Government to review their progress mid way through the research period. This Mid Programme Review took place during the period October - December 2008.
Four review panels were set up to assess progress, one for each of the four Programmes. Each panel consisted of members from relevant academic and end user communities.
The Aims of the Review were:
- to review the progress being made with the Resesarch Programmes and their component Work Packages towards addressing the Required Outputs as agreed in the Work Package Descriptions included in the contracts between the Scottish Ministers and the Main Research Providers
- To consider whether planned research within the Work Packages and Programmes remains relevant, appropriate and feasible and to advise of any changes that are needed
The Objectives of the Review were to assess:
- The scientific quality, feasibility and timeliness of the research
- The relevance of the research to Scottish Government policy and related stakeholder interests
- The effectiveness of the Knowledge Exchange activities used to communicate and disseminate research outputs to target audiences
- The management of the Programme through Work Package and Programme coordination mechanisms and consider the interaction with the Programme Group
- Progress made towards addressing the Cross Cutting Themes
Each review panel produced a report and a Moderating Panel highlighted a number of generic issues common across the reports. The Mid Programme Review Group reports and the minute of the Moderating Panel can be viewed at Reports.