The NC3Rs has published a new evaluation framework for assessing its performance and impact - the first ever evaluation framework on the 3Rs
The framework and four illustrative case studies showing how it can be applied to the Centre's research funding activities and in-house programmes are contained in the report 'Evaluating progress in the 3Rs: The NC3Rs framework'.
The report was launched in the House of Commons at an event hosted by Lord Willis of Knaresborough, former Chair of the Science and Technology Select Committee.
Science Minister, David Willetts MP, gave a speech at the event endorsing the work of the NC3Rs and its role in delivery of the coalition pledge to work to reduce animal use in science.
The framework was developed following a review of the Centre's existing approach to evaluation by an expert working group chaired by NC3Rs Board member, Professor Jamie Davies of the University of Edinburgh. Professor Davies said:
"The framework and report demonstrate how the activities and resources provided by the NC3Rs lead to new scientific discoveries and changes in policy, perception and practice, which ultimately results in the replacement, reduction and refinement of animal use."
The new evaluation framework provides a robust and transparent means of demonstrating the impact of the NC3Rs and will provide a basis for future annual reports, funding bids and strategic reviews.
To ensure the framework is as effective as possible, the NC3Rs is calling for all those who engage with the Centre, including its research grant holders and those who attend its events and use its websites, to share information about how this has led to 3Rs impacts in their laboratory, institution or discipline.