The Academy, the Medical Research Council and Wellcome Trust established the UK Evaluation Forum to explore how organisations might evaluate and demonstrate the outcomes of research relevant to human health.Launched
Medical research: assessing the benefits to society
The Academy has for a long time recognised the need for improved evaluation and demonstration of the socio-economic benefits that are derived from investments in medical research.
To address this, the Academy worked with the Medical Research Council and the Wellcome Trust to establish a UK Evaluation Forum. The Forum's remit was 'to explore how member organisations might share information and co-ordinate activity in evaluating and demonstrating the outcomes of research relevant to human health.’
A steering committee, representing a range of governmental, research council, charitable, academic and commercial research organisations was convened to develop the Forum's strategy. Subsequently, each member organisation nominated a representative to sit on the UK Evaluation Forum Working Group.
In order to raise awareness about the topic in the scientific community, and as a means of providing material for the report, a symposium was held in London on 2 and 3 June 2005.
The UK Evaluation Forum's report 'Medical research: assessing the benefits to society' was published on 1 June 2006.
Professor Martin Roland CBE FMedSci
Director, National Primary Care Research & Development Centre, University of Manchester (Chair)
Dr Liz Allen
Senior Policy Adviser, The Wellcome Trust
Mr Jonathan Bickley
Research Policy Manager, Department of Health
Dr Lee-Ann Coleman
Deputy Chief-Executive, Association of Medical Research Charities
Dr David Cox
Medical Research Council
Dr Robin Fears
Senior Policy Advisor, Academy of Medical Sciences
Dr Angela Galpine
Director Science Funding Administration, Cancer Research UK
Sir Charles George FMedSci
Mr Iain Jones
Head of Evaluation, Economic and Social Research Council
Dr Clive Pritchard
Office of Health Economics
Miss Julia Tam
Economics and Statistics Unit, DTI