Debates continue around the world about how best to evaluate research quality or research excellence. Over the past two years an approach called Research Quality Plus (RQ+) has been gaining ground, and has recently been highlighted in an article
Developed by two specialists in the evaluation of research for development, Zenda Ofir from South Africa and Thomas Schwandt from the US in collaboration with the IDRC in Canada, it provides a research quality assessment framework
with a detailed data collection instrument
developed with a view to: (i) move away from science-centric thinking towards a systems perspective on research for development; and (ii) provide an evaluative approach that respects the contexts and needs of research in, and aimed at the Global South.