Strategic plan

The Research4Life partners are collectively responsible for setting and implementing the Research4Life Strategic Plan. The most recent one is “Our vision for 2020 and beyond”, published in 2015.

We normally work on a five-year planning cycle. Towards the end of each cycle, we carry out in-depth evaluations of the partnership to inform and to guide the next Strategic Plan. These evaluations comprise an internal infrastructure review and an external user review. The most recent reviews were carried out between late 2019 and early 2021, and were inevitably affected by the global coronavirus pandemic, which meant we were unable to hold user focus groups in-person and had to rely on virtual interviews and surveys. On this page, you can find the outputs from these reviews as well as a specially commissioned landscape analysis, which thoroughly assesses the external context within which Research4Life operates.

Landscape analysis

This report was produced by Research Consulting and submitted to the General Partners’ Meeting in July 2020.

The landscape analysis aims to inform future decision-making within Research4Life, assessing the shifting dynamics and external influences relevant to equitable access to research.

This webinar discusses the key findings, and you can also download the presentation.

Infrastructure review

This report was produced by Research Consulting and formally adopted by the General Partners’ Meeting in July 2020.

User review

This report was produced by INASP and formally adopted by the General Partners’ Meeting in June 2021. Read the press release.

In 2020 INASP helped Research4Life to learn more about our users’ needs and challenges by carrying out an extensive survey and evaluation of users across multiple countries and institution types.

This webinar discusses the key findings, and you can also download the presentation and the transcript.

Looking ahead to 2026

Following the delivery and adoption of the review reports, the partnership is now preparing to develop a new strategic plan to take us through to 2026. A Strategic Retreat will take place in October 2021 at a location to be decided (and taking any travel or meeting restrictions into account). Partners will be contacted well in advance of this event.

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