Stakeholder Mapping

The aim of Phase 1 of the UKRISS project is to determine the feasibility, requirements and scope of a UK national research information reporting service. Requirements will be gathered from a range of organisations, to include stakeholders providing: 1) strategic, 2) policy/operational and 3) technical, perspectives and representing different levels of maturity of research information systems.

The number and range of stakeholders across the UK research information landscape including; research institutions, umbrella bodies, professional associations, funders, charities, commercial software vendors, mission groups and data providers, makes this a potentially complex task. Successfully capturing such a broad range of perspectives, existing practices and future requirements is clearly predicated on effective and extensive stakeholder mapping and analysis.

The methodology employed by the UKRISS project for stakeholder mapping and analysis leveraged project partner’s and steering board’s existing cross-sector relationships to identify appropriate individuals within key organisations. This broadly involved:

  1. Identification & Mapping
    • Relevant individuals, research organisations, funding bodies and professional associations were identified through brainstorm with Project Team
    • Supplemented by desk research and the landscape study which identified key stakeholders who are developing, or deploying technical solutions
    • Consultation with Steering Board validated the stakeholder mapping and prioritisation and leveraged contacts and/or networks of influence for the next stage of the consultation
  2. Categorisation
    • Into broad stakeholder typologies based on role type including:
      • Research Funders (e.g. Research Councils and Charities)
      • Umbrella bodies (e.g. ARMA, UCISA, RCUK, HEFCE-led consortia)
      • Higher Education Institutions and Research Organisations of different sizes and research focus (covering role types: PVC Research, ICT support, Research Administrators, Researchers)
      • Data providers  (e.g. HESA, Thompson Reuters)
      • Data standards community (e.g. euroCRIS community)
      • CRIS systems (e.g. National systems and commercial vendors)
    • According to predicted interest in, and potential influence on, UKRISS project outcomes

Categorising stakeholders into these broad typologies allows the UKRISS project to tailor the requirements gathering interviews from a predefined long-list of perspective led questions to fit the roles and responsibilities of interviewees. The stakeholder map therefore forms the basis for stakeholder consultation and engagement in the requirements gathering and dissemination phases of the project.

If you would like to learn more about the stakeholder mapping process, please contact Dr Karen Walshe on the contacts page.

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