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We consult on applying DoView Planning in research settings
Research funding bodies face a difficult task in allocating research funding. Determining research priorities is difficult, research outcomes are uncertain and sometimes over long time-frames.
The best approach is for funding decisions to be based around their possible (although obviously not yet actual) impact on the real-world problems that the research is directed towards solving. Traditionally this was done by long text-based explanations as to what the research might be attempting to achieve.
It’s faster and clearer to use the DoView® Planning™ approach and build a visual model of the real-world problems being faced and then map potential different research projects onto this. This enables a visualization of exactly where research is focused and whether it is focused on what are seen as current priorities.
Of course, research areas differ in how much is known about the problems they are attempting to solve. In DoView Planning this is dealt with by changing the level of abstraction at which the DoView outcomes model is drawn.
Access the example here of how foundations and funders can use this type of approach when allocating research funds.
Three Ways DoView Planning can be used in research. Overview of use in research.