How do heritage conservation institutions identify research needs, and how do they evaluate the results of their research activities?

Following the recommendations of a think tank meeting held in July 2015, ICCROM undertook an international survey to capture the ways in which institutions engaged in heritage conservation science plan their research activities and evaluate their performance. The survey data has been compiled into an interactive tool, which is available below. Switch between the different tabs and use the filters to discover more.

Survey of Evaluation Practices in Heritage Conservation Science Research


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The survey ran from 14th September to 16th November 2015, and was communicated to over 188 institutions actively involved in heritage conservation science research from 60 countries worldwide. The survey aimed to gather specific information about the ways in which they identify research needs, how they evaluate and disseminate the results of their research activities, the challenges that hinder such processes, and the type of evaluation tools that would, if available, be useful to them.

The results are based on the contribution of 89 individual institutions from 38 countries (57 institutions from Europe & North America; 22 institutions from Asia & the Pacific; 6 institutions from Latin America & the Caribbean; 2 institutions from Africa; and 2 institutions from Arab States).

The survey is part of ongoing research by ICCROM looking at ways to foster communication and collaboration within heritage science research, and to support needs and outcome evaluation, as a means to enhance relevance and impact.

View the survey questionnaire