Metrics for Success: Strategies for Enabling Core Facility Performance and Assessing Outcomes

J Biomol Tech. 2016 Apr;27(1):25-39. doi: 10.7171/jbt.16-2701-001. Epub 2016 Feb 2.


Core Facilities are key elements in the research portfolio of academic and private research institutions. Administrators overseeing core facilities (core administrators) require assessment tools for evaluating the need and effectiveness of these facilities at their institutions. This article discusses ways to promote best practices in core facilities as well as ways to evaluate their performance across 8 of the following categories: general management, research and technical staff, financial management, customer base and satisfaction, resource management, communications, institutional impact, and strategic planning. For each category, we provide lessons learned that we believe contribute to the effective and efficient overall management of core facilities. If done well, we believe that encouraging best practices and evaluating performance in core facilities will demonstrate and reinforce the importance of core facilities in the research and educational mission of institutions. It will also increase job satisfaction of those working in core facilities and improve the likelihood of sustainability of both facilities and personnel.

Keywords: ABRF; evaluation; standards.

MeSH terms

  • Biomedical Research / economics
  • Biomedical Research / organization & administration*
  • Biomedical Research / standards
  • Employee Performance Appraisal
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Health Resources
  • Humans