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Programme for the Enhancement of Research Information Phase 2 (PERii)

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 Programme for Enhancement of Research Information (PERI)
 Research and Evidence Division

 Sara Gwynn (INASP)

  Global, Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean

Working with partners in developing and emerging countries, PERii aims to contribute to an enabling environment for research communication that is owned and driven by a sustainable network of stakeholders.

PERii is the second five-year phase of INASP's Programme for the Enhancement of Research Information. Focusing on the needs of people in developing and emerging countries, PERii works with partners to support global research communication by strengthening:

  • the existing knowledge and skills of people working in research communication;
  • participation in international knowledge networks;
  • research communication policy and practice.

Taking advantage of the possibilities offered by ICTs, the core programme areas focus on:

  • affordable access to international scholarly literature;
  • successful writing, publishing and communication of research from developing and emerging countries;
  • effective use, evaluation and management of ICTs to support research;
  • development of modern, digital research libraries.

1. Enhanced human capacity

  • Enhanced extant capacity of editors and publishers to disseminate national research content
  • Enhanced extant capacity of librarians and ICT professionals to facilitate access to and use of research content
  • Enhanced extant capacity of researchers to access, use and communicate research content

2. Enhanced real and virtual networks of people and systems

  • Increased and sustainable availability of information and knowledge required to enable high quality research
  • Heightened awareness of and engagement in the building of sustainable country owned systems, peer-to-peer processes and international networks
  • Integration into organisational and institutional policy of research information, knowledge, systems and networks

3. Enhanced policy and practice

  • Analytical case studies & best practice

  • As of 2008, have ongoing partnerships with 22 partner countries: Bangladesh, Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Ghana, Honduras, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Nepal, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe
  • 9 peer exchanges undertaken in 2008 (2 Ethiopian colleagues attended the UKSG conference in the UK, 2 Rwandan colleagues visited Kenya to learn more about setting up and developing a successful library consortium; 4 colleagues from the library and research section of the Ugandan Parliament visited counterparts in the Nigerian Parliament to share best practice on providing balanced advice and information on science and technology; and a Kenyan colleague participated in the first Steering Committee meeting of the new INASP/Association of Commonwealth Universities initiative: Publishers for Development
  • In 2008, over 3,500 participants from around 600 institutions attended one or more of 136 ICT training workshops
  • In 2008, 7 new publishers/aggregators participating in PERii, bringing the total to 68 high-quality academic resources from 52 publishers
  • An annual increase of full-text titles available electronically of 10,680 in 2002, 14,620 in 2004, 23,536 in 2006, and 31,863 in 2008

In the last 5 years (phase 1), this work has resulted in:

  • researchers from 1000 registered institutions downloading over 5 million full-text academic papers;
  • journal editors and publishers from developing and emerging countries making the abstracts of over 350 journals titles available online, with over 14,000 hard copies delivered in addition to full-text downloads;
  • Over 10,500 librarians, journal editors and researchers taking part in training, the majority of it administered and facilitated by people who had taken part previous in INASP-enabled workshops

See also the first phase of this programme: Programme for the Enhancement of Research Information (PERI)

Total cost with joint financiers (including contributions from country partners) is: £18,281,000.

DFID provided additional funding of £491,000 in July 2011 for the Evidence Informed Policy Making programme and to help Perii work with African and Asian Parliaments to assess demand for evidence and build their capacity to utilise it.