FIS029 - Evaluation of effectiveness of FIS research
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Fisheries Innovation Scotland (FIS) was established in 2014, and since then it has commissioned and delivered 15 research projects with peer-reviewed reports, together with two Scottish Fishing Conferences. It is currently running several small collaborative projects, and is about to advertise five more substantial research projects. Project spend on completed work has been over £1.2 million, and current and new projects will have an additional value of almost £500,000. That the published research is scientifically valid is assured by the peer-review process. However, its use as evidence to make a policy or management or regulatory change may take some extended time period to manifest. The same would be true of research that leads to technical or operational innovations, that might eventually feed through to industry operatives.
It is also relevant to consider that one piece of high-quality FIS research could eventually be just one in a series of building blocks of evidence / knowledge that lead to a material change in the sector, with the other blocks being delivered by other organisations, on different time-spans.
Notwithstanding the understanding of ‘lead time’ and other work to deliver impacts of research, the question of what impact FIS research has had – or is likely to have - within the industry and its stakeholders, regulators and managers remains largely unanswered at the present time.
FIS now requires an independent and external assessment of the actual or future-potential practical impact of its research, taking into account lead time and other complementary research or activity.
As an overarching objective, FIS required research that would deliver an assessment of how its research – published and currently ongoing – will be used to achieve a specific change within the sector. On a project-by-project basis: