This report describes the findings of a review of SciDev.Net that was
commissioned by the organisation's trustees with funds from the
Department For International Development.
The review was based on evidence gathered from actual and potential
users of the website, www.SciDev.Net, and from
interviews and documents from key informants including funders, staff of
the organisation, and trustees.
The findings of this review suggest that SciDev.Net's track record and
the importance of the services it provides form a strong justification
for future funding and continued support by funding agencies and other
The report covers SciDev.Net's strengths, weakness and opportunities
for growth and development; an assessment of whether the grants have
been used effectively; SciDev.Net's opportunities for future growth,
and in particular its potential contribution to the social and economic
development of developing countries; achievements relative to the
objectives listed in both its original business plan and in its
Strategic Plan for 2004-2008; and a discussion of improvements in the
internal governance of SciDev.Net.
The annexes comprise the Terms of Reference, Achievements relative to
the objectives listed in the Strategic Plan for 2004-2008, Principal
People Interviewed, Main Supporting Documents, Report of On-line Survey,
Report of Telephone Interviews and the Reports of the Indian, South
African, Ugandan, Ecuadorian and Chinese Focus Groups.
The Policy Practice Ltd, Brighton, UK, 59 + 109 pp.