PEERD Consulting Program


The NORDP Program for External Evaluation of Research Development (PEERD) provides an array of services to client organizations interested in valuable benchmarking tools, best practices, and guidance to enhance research development program activities and further the research enterprise at their institutions.  Organizations do not need to be NORDP members to utilize PEERD services.  The following is a list of services offered through the PEERD program:

  • PEERD Review - Two PEERD experts will conduct a confidential onsite review of program activities and interview key stakeholders to determine program strengths, limitations, and opportunities. A confidential detailed report will be provided at the conclusion of the review that is designed to assist research leaders and research development professionals with identifying institutional and stakeholder needs, improving services, and setting strategic directions. Also offered virtually.
  • PEERD Virtual Consultation – Institution will receive a consultation packet, which will include an institutional survey to be administered among key stakeholders.  A PEERD expert will review survey results, along with other background information provided by the institution, and conduct a virtual consultation and provide a road map for improvement.
  • PEERD Competitive Analysis – A PEERD expert will collect data from an institution’s peers and aspirational peers based on questions relevant to the institution’s goals for research.  Results will be provided to the institution, along with recommendations.
  • PEERD Presentation – A PEERD expert will provide a 1- or 2-hour presentation on a research development topic requested by the institution. Also offered virtually.
  • PEERD Workshop – A PEERD expert will conduct an onsite (4hr) workshop on research development (including its overlapping mission but distinct activities from research administration).  Small groups will work through various RD scenarios, including but not limited to the following: proposal development, strategic research advancement, enhancement of collaboration and team science, research communication and knowledge mobilization, among others.
  • PEERD Informational Briefs – PEERD experts are currently developing informational briefs on topics of importance to the field of research development.  Once these briefs are completed, they will be available for download.

The PEERD Advantage

Validation and Objectivity

Institutions can take advantage of the experience and knowledge of PEERD experts to provide validation for their growing research development offices. PEERD can also highlight shortcomings in current operations and/or strategic goal conflicts that might be overlooked internally. 

Efficacy and Improvement

Institutions can utilize PEERD results to expand research development efforts, improve upon services currently offered, and increase effectiveness. 

Strategic Planning

PEERD can assist institutions in seeing gaps in resources (faculty, facilities, services) and provide strategic planning advice on how to fill those gaps to help increase competitiveness.

Knowledge and Communication

PEERD can impart knowledge to faculty and administrative participants about research development and its role within an institution. PEERD can stimulate communication within an institution about research development and what needs and/or wants exist.

For inquiries and general program questions, please email [email protected].

Kay Tindle, Ph.D.
PEERD Lead Coordinator
Assistant Vice President
Texas Tech University

Jeri Hansen
PEERD Co-coordinator
Director of Research Development
Utah State University