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Title: Network analysis to support research management: evidence from the Fiocruz Observatory in Science, Technology and Innovation in Health
Authors: Fonseca, Bruna de Paula Fonseca e
Sampaio, Ricardo Barros
Silva, Marcus Vinícius Pereira da
Santos, Paula Xavier
Affilliation: Fundação Oswaldo Cruz. Centro de Desenvolvimento Tecnológico em Saúde. Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brasil.
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz. Diretoria Regional de Brasília. Brasília, RJ, Brasil.
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz. Casa de Oswaldo Cruz. Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brasil.
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz. Vice-Presidência de Educação, Informação e Comunicação. Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brasil.
Abstract: Brazil has been encouraging the establishment of research networks to address strategic health issues in response to social demands, creating an urgent need to develop indicators for their evaluation. The Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), a national research, training and production institution, has initiated the development of an “Observatory in Science, Technology and Innovation in Health” to monitor and evaluate research and technological development for the formulation of institutional policies. In this context, we are proposing the use of social network analysis to map cooperation in strategic areas of research, identify prominent researchers and support internal research networks. In this preliminary study, coauthorship analysis was used to map the cooperative relations of Fiocruz in tuberculosis (TB) research, an important public health issue for which diagnosis and adequate treatment are still challenging. Our findings suggest that Brazilian research organizations acting in TB research are embedded in highly connected networks. The large number of international organizations present in the Brazilian network reflects the global increase in scientific collaboration and Brazil’s engagement in international collaborative research efforts. Fiocruz frequent cooperation with high-income countries demonstrates its concern in benefiting from the access to facilities, funding, equipment and networks that are often limited in its research setting. Collaboration with high burden countries has to be strengthened, as it could improve access to local knowledge and better understanding of the disease in different endemic contexts. Centrality analysis consolidated information on the importance of Fiocruz in connecting TB research institutions in Brazil. Fiocruz Observatory intends to advance this analysis by looking into the mechanisms of collaboration, identifying priority themes and assessing comparative advantages of the network members, an important contribution to help bridging the translational gap in TB research.
keywords: Análise de redes sociais
Gestão da pesquisa
Redes de colaboração
Pesquisa em Tuberculose
DeCS: Rede Social
Academias e Institutos/organização & administração
Pesquisa/organização & administração
Indicador de Colaboração
Issue Date: 2016
Citation: FONSECA, Bruna de Paula Fonseca e et al. Network analysis to support research management: evidence from the Fiocruz Observatory in Science, Technology and Innovation in Health. In: INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY INDICATORS, 21., Valencia, Proceedings... Valencia: European Network of Indicator Designers, 2016. p. 442-447.
Copyright: open access
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