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.

Vinnova’s mission

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