RDA Strategic Plan 2020 - 2023

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19 November 2020 2661 reads


The RDA is built on six foundational values of Openness, Consensus, Community Driven, Inclusivity, Harmonisation and not for profit and technology neutral. As part of these guiding principles, RDA values feedback and suggestions from the community on these strategic directions. 

This document is a pre-final draft of the RDA Strategic Plan 2020 – 2023. It has been designed, developed and drafted by the RDA Council since June 2020. The RDA Governance bodies (Technical Advisory Board, Organisational and Affiliate members) as well as the RDA Funders Forum have provided feedback and comments. This version is shared with the RDA global community for your consultation and feedback until Sunday 6th December 2020. Subsequently the feedback will be consolidated, integrated and the final version published on the RDA web platform.

The Research Data Alliance (RDA) presents its fourth strategic plan, providing direction and vision for the organisation, its stakeholders and community until 2023. Section 4 forms the core of this strategic plan. It outlines the strategic goals and priorities for this phase, organised in three macro areas: People, Processes, and Products. The strategic plan starts with an historic overview and revisits the goals and achievements of the previous strategic plan and outcomes. In section 2 the organisational identity, mission, vision and guiding principles are reiterated. Section 3 has a focus on the current internal and external developments that affect the organisation and need to be taken into account. The strategic plan is complemented by an internal implementation plan, containing concrete activities, a detailed planning timeline, and KPIs to monitor and measure the progress and success. This success depends on collaboration, cooperation and co-creation between the global community and the RDA governance and operational bodies.

We invite all to peruse the draft RDA Strategy Plan 2020-2023 and to dedicate a short amount of time to providing feedback on the plan.  Your contribution is very important and valuable to us.

The consultation feedback will be collected via a Surveymonkey questionnaire and you may provide an anonymous response, should you prefer. The deadline for feedback is Sunday 6 December at 23.59 UTC.

We thank you in advance for your support for the RDA and in helping us shape the global RDA strategy for the next 3 years.


To facilitate the compilation of the questionnaire, we provide a copy of the areas we are seeking your feedback on. Once you are ready to respond, please click here

RDA Strategic Plan 2020 - 2023 Community Consultation (questionnaire content for reference)

You are free to complete this template anonymously, if you do wish to provide your name and email address, we will send you feedback on the consultation results. We ask you to provide your country and gender, to assist us in assessing the community response. 

1. Country, Gender, etc. 

2. We are still looking for a suitable and attractive title for the strategy document. It is currently entitled “Consolidation”. Do you have any suggestions?

3. To what extent do you support the direction outlined in the strategy? 

  • Fully
  • Partially
  • Not at all, if not, please elaborate (free text)

The Strategy 2020-2023 is divided across three main priority areas, Products, Processes and People. The following questions refer to each of these three areas.

People (Section 4.1)

4. What would be the most effective way for RDA to engage more proactively with the private and public sectors?

5. What would be the most effective way for RDA to engage with Early Career Researchers in your community/country?

6. What topics for training sessions held by Communities of Practice would be of interest to your stakeholders/region?

7. What would be the most effective way the RDA can foster the growth of Communities of Practice and engage the community?

Processes (Section 4.2)

8. Do you see financial sustainability of the RDA as a high priority? 

  • Yes 
  • No, if no, please elaborate (free text)

9. Please rank the following financial sustainability approaches as most important for RDA to focus on: (4 highest - 1 lowest)

  • Pursue more relationship-driven funding to provide optimal sustainable support to the community and its products.
  • Increase the organisational membership of RDA.
  • Respond to appropriate project funding opportunities where they correspond to existing RDA strategic goals.
  • Miscellaneous funding opportunities e.g. individual membership fees or micro donations

10. Is your organisation an organisational member of RDA?

  • Yes 
  • No

11. If no, would your organisation consider becoming an organisational member of RDA? (in order to follow up on this opportunity, please include your email in the survey response)

  • Yes
  • No

Products (Section 4.3)

12. Do you agree to turn the RDA mission into practice by including the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into the RDA work and business operations, including Carbon foot-print management?

  • Yes
  • No, if no, please elaborate (free text)

13. Do you agree that the proposed “Product” priorities are attractive to our RDA members and community, and allow for the widening and deepening of our engagement across regions?

  • Yes
  • No, if no, please elaborate (free text)

14. Do you agree that the proposed “Product” priorities are a way forward to secure state of the art solutions by RDA and the recommendations on enhanced dissemination of outputs?

  • Yes
  • No, if no, please elaborate (free text)

15. Are you in a location where there is currently an RDA Regional / national presence? 
No, If not, are you aware of discussions to create an RDA Regional / national presence?

Further Feedback (not obligatory)

16. Do you have any further suggestions for priorities? (free text response) 

17. Please use this free text area to provide any further comments and suggestions on the Strategic Plan


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