Canada’s National Research Council (NRC) is the country’s largest federal research body, publishing hundreds of research papers each year. In 2020, they conducted a major review of their approximately 150 research institutions.
NRC took an evidence-based approach, evaluating each facility along 11 strategic dimensions. However, with this quantity of information, individual decision-making becomes convoluted, ineffective, and prone to bias. A strategy was needed to integrate the findings of many reviews into a more cognitively tractable indicator, to facilitate institutional decision-making.
NRC approached TDL to distill the findings of facility reviews into an NRC-wide prioritization plan, and to facilitate more constructive discussions about strategy among senior stakeholders.