TI Food and Nutrition projects are monitored for scientific quality and industrial relevance throughout their full operational period. This review system enables partners and government institutions to evaluate the impact of our research on national levels of food and nutrition expertise and competitive strength. Evaluation takes place according to an agreed set of key performance indicators.
Projects start with a detailed Project Plan, agreed upon by all industry and knowledge partners involved. Two years later an independent Midterm Review is conducted by three or more independent, internationally-respected scientists, expert in the relevant fields of study.
These experts evaluate the research and science quality and the progress made.
A Midterm Review is provided for all TI Food and Nutrition partners and is summarised for the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs.
Quarterly and annual reports are provided for partners from industry and knowledge institutes who are participating in the respective projects.
The Final Project Review and Evaluation Meeting includes all parties within TI Food and Nutrition.
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Key performance indicators (KPIs)TI Food and Nutrition has developed, over the last ten years, a set of key performance indicators that measure aspects of its research activities and results. The three main areas measured are industrial relevance, scientific excellence and operational efficiency.
Measuring industrial relevance
KPIs for industrial relevance are the number of patents and objectives achieved in a project, the number of ideas and the amount and nature of follow-up research, the development activities that result from a project, the creation of human capital capable of innovation, the collaboration process and the accessibility and quality of research results. For all metrics, the ratings given by our partners carry significant weight.
Measuring scientific excellence
For scientific excellence the KPIs measure the numbers and impact factors of publications in peer-reviewed journals and the contribution of our research portfolio to the development of competences in research partners and their employees. Again, partners’ ratings can impact KPI scores positively or negatively.
Measuring operational efficiency
In the category of operational excellence, efficiency is a key indicator. Planning, structure and organisation of research projects are evaluated and expertise is measured. Research projects are carried out by those knowledge institutes having the strongest competences in the research focus areas.