Top marks for MDH in Vinnova’s test pilot for cooperation
Nov 04, 2015 | Research/Cooperation
Vinnova has carried out the first of two test pilots in which funding for universities and university colleges has been allocated according to performance and quality in their cooperation with other sectors of society. MDH was awarded top marks and 2.8 million SEK of a total of 60 million SEK distributed among 27 HEIs (higher education institutions).
– We have received acknowledgement that MDH is the co-producing university. We top the lists of evaluations and have been granted as much allocated funding as was possible for us to get. This is very pleasing and everybody involved in the application deserves a great tribute, says Paul Pettersson, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and the person responsible for the application process at MDH.
The Government had given Vinnova the task of producing a model for evaluating the HEIs’ cooperation with the surrounding community. A total of 200 million SEK has been allocated for this mission for the years 2013-2016. The model has now been tested in a first pilot.
— The purpose of the pilot is to test a model for assessing cooperation work, which can be used in a future system for allocating resources. We will use the lessons learnt from these pilots when formulating the final draft to the Government, says Maria Landgren, who is working on the assignment at Vinnova, in a press release.
In the first pilot funding has been distributed among 27 universities and university colleges, based on performance and quality in cooperation regarding cooperation strategies and implementation. The assessment has been based on the HEIs’ own descriptions.
In the next pilot, to be carried out during 2016, the HEIs’ cooperation activities and results, including involvement and results from external parties, will be evaluated.
The model that has been tested means that some of the funds have been allocated according to rating of cooperation work at the HEIs who have participated. In this allocation process the size of the HEIs has also been taken into account. A total of 60 million SEK has been allocated in the pilot.
Vinnova’s evaluation of MDH
The University has been assessed as describing a well-advanced strategy for and implementation of cooperation (rating 3). The University has submitted documents describing a thorough and clear strategy with ambitious goals. The strategy is deemed to be well backed up, building on a dialogue with actors in the area. The strategy is reviewed annually and built into the recurring operational plan. The University works systematically with monitoring, using indicators to measure performance. The implementation of cooperation is deemed to be good, and external actors are involved in many of the University’s processes. Cooperation is clearly rewarded in the University's resource allocation system, and incentives for individuals are developed by e.g. rewarding cooperation when determining salaries.
Explanation of Rating 3
A well-advanced strategy for and implementation of cooperation. The documents were characterised by:
The strategy seems developed and well-founded, with a high level of ambition and also clear goals and implementation
The strategy is based on the University context as well as its strengths and weaknesses
There is a clear connection between strategy, goals and implementation, including systems for incentives, support and monitoring, and evaluation
- The documentation shows potential for continuous development and improvement
Allocation of funding in the test pilot (rounded figures):
Blekinge Institute of Technology, 0.6 million SEK
Chalmers University of Technology, 3.1 million SEK
University of Gothenburg, 3.5 million SEK
University of Borås, 2.8 million SEK
Dalarna University, 1.7 million SEK
University of Gävle, 1.7 million SEK
Halmstad University, 1.6 million SEK
Jönköping University, 2.8 million SEK
Kristianstad University, 0.6 million SEK
University West, 2.8 million SEK
Karlstad University, 2.9 million SEK
Karolinska institutet, 2.3 million SEK
Royal College of Music in Stockholm, 1.6 million SEK
KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 3.3 million SEK
Linköping University, 3.2 million SEK
Linnaeus University, 1.9 million SEK
Luleå University of Technology, 2.9 million SEK
Lund University, 3.8 million SEK
Malmö University, 1.8 million SEK
Mid Sweden University, 1.7 million SEK
Mälardalen University, 2.8 million SEK
Stockholm University, 1.2 million SEK
SLU, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, 3.2 million SEK
Södertörn University, 0.6 million SEK
Umeå University, 2.2 million SEKUppsala University, 1.5 million SEKÖrebro University, 1.8 million SEK