Survey of the researchers and partners from the practice of NRP 71 on the benefits of their cooperation

In spring 2018, an online survey was conducted among researchers and partners from the practice of the National Research Programme "Managing Energy Consumption" (NRP 71) in order to obtain information regarding their cooperation. The aim of the survey was to find out how the cooperation was structured, what the results of the cooperation were, and which factors influenced the cooperation.

72 of the 99 contacted researchers (72 percent) and 61 of the 120 contacted partners from the practice (51 percent) participated in the survey.

The main results of the survey can be summarised as follows:

  • Researchers and partners from the practice decided to cooperate with the programme for different reasons: while researchers particularly wanted to enhance the quality of the research findings, the partners were primarily interested in finding solutions to specific problems or generating knowledge.
  • Only 59 percent of the partners from the practice were aware that they were considered partners of an NRP 71 project. A possible explanation for this is that the researchers and partners from the practice did not always share the same understanding of the role of the partners from the practice in the cooperation.
  • More than 90 percent of the respondents in both groups stated that their expectations in the cooperation had been either fully or partially fulfilled.
  • In addition, 90 percent of the researchers estimated that the added value associated with the cooperation was very positive. The partners from the practice were somewhat more reserved: 43 percent regarded the cooperation as largely beneficial and approximately the same proportion assessed the cost-benefit ratio of their involvement as balanced.
  • Both groups shared the view that a mutual understanding of the task at hand, a common language as well as common interests and an understanding of the points of view of the other group were major influencing factors for the success of the cooperation. The fact that the partners from the practice were rather rarely involved in the formulation of the research question indicates that there is room for improvement in this regard.

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Prof. Dr. Andreas Balthasar President of the Steering Committee of NRP 71 Department of Political Science Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences University of Lucerne +41 79 371 12 33