This report presents the results of the first evaluation of the Alberta Prion Research Institute. This summative evaluation, conducted in 2015/16, focused on identifying successes, impacts and challenges associated with the delivery of the Prion Institute’s research funding programs for the duration of its existence. The evaluation was commissioned by the Prion Institute in accordance with the reporting requirements of the 2012–2015 funding agreement between the Ministry of Innovation and Advanced Education and Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions (AI Bio). The findings and recommendations contained in this report will contribute to inform strategic planning and decision-making for the Prion Institute going forward.
Science-Metrix was responsible for conducting an external and independent evaluation, while the Prion Institute and AI Bio provided advice and oversight. A mix of quantitative and qualitative data were collected through five evaluation methods, including a document and literature review, a bibliometric analysis, semi-structured interviews and a survey of funded researchers.
The Prion Institute provides financial support for research capacity building, research and development projects including funding of facilities and equipment, and knowledge mobilization activities in the fields of prion diseases and other neurological diseases with prion-like characteristics. A total of $46.7 million were invested in research projects, infrastructure and personnel support through the Prion Institute between its creation in April 2005 and August 2015.
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