Methodology

 

Collecting data and collaborating with partners

Our approach to building and maintaining the MESA Track database is very collaborative. We work closely with the partners to populate the database with up-to-date information.

As a first step, the MESA Secretariat compiles information on research projects being led or managed by an institution. Using information from public sources (institutional websites, annual reports, other public databases, etc.) we create a draft portfolio of projects and then reach out to the institutional directors and / or the scientists themselves to invite them to be a part of MESA Track, validate the information, and fill in the gaps.

We’re most interested in collecting information related to the research itself; where information is available and partners are willing, we also capture information about the funds invested. When a specific dollar amount for a given project is not available, we acknowledge the core funding supporting the research.

(More information to follow regarding our partner engagement model and other approaches.)