Doing Research Assessment report on Nigeria – webinar

Organised by Global Development Network
Event type External Event
Location Online
Start date 8 September 2020
Doing Research in Nigeria: bridging the research gap and improving development policies

About this Event

Doing Research in Nigeria


In Nigeria, unfortunately, there have been no systematic efforts to generate data on the domestic Social Science Research (SSR) system since independence. To date, only one national survey of research and development has been carried out in Nigeria (in 2007); it used instruments and methods based on the well-known Frascati Manual of Europe. However, the survey aggregates the entire research landscape and pays no particular attention to social science. Hence, useful indicators such as human capital, research production, infrastructure, diffusion, and uptake of SSR cannot be obtained from this survey. The Doing Research Assessment (DRA) in Nigeria was aimed at systematically understanding how critical factors of the national research system impact its capacity to produce, diffuse, and use SSR for its social and economic development. This assessment was conducted by the National Centre for Technology Management (NACETEM) research team during the course of 2019.

The research process employs a mixed-method approach that involved three inter-related stages: a context analysis, a systematic mapping of stakeholders, and a comprehensive data collection exercise. The context analysis provides a critical discussion of the environment for SSR in Nigeria, with a focus on the political, international, economic, and historical dimensions. The stakeholder mapping was used to identify all stakeholders that engage in activities connected to the production, diffusion, and use/uptake of SSR in Nigeria. For ease of analysis, the research actors are categorized into higher education institutions (HEIs), government and funding agencies (GFAs), private sector (PS) entities, and civil society organizations (CSOs). Our stakeholder mapping identified 1,825 organizations with some interest in SSR in Nigeria, including 170 HEIs, 75 GFAs, 65 PS organizations, and 1,515 CSOs. The data collection combines a desk review, bibliometric analysis, key informant interviews, and a set of three surveys – one each for researchers, administrators, and policymakers. In all, we interviewed 17 key informants (5 from HEIs and another 3 from research institutes; 3 from GFAs; 3 from CSOs; and 3 from PS organizations) and surveyed 805 individuals from 130 organizations across the country, including 585 researchers, 145 administrators, and 75 policymakers. The response rate was 90 percent at the institutional level and 85 percent at the individual level.

On this webinar, the NACETEM team will present the findings of the Doing Research Assessment in Nigeria aiming that these results will help to guide national development actions. Check the Executive Summary & Conclusions since the full report in English will be released on the day of the Webinar.

Take into account your timezone for the start of the webinar

  • Ottawa @ 8:00 am (EDT – Eastern Daylight Time)
  • London @ 1:00 pm (BST – British Summer Time)
  • Paris @ 2:00 pm (CEST – Central European Summer Time)
  • Delhi @ 5:30 pm (IST – India Standard Time)
  • Abuja @ 1:00 pm (WAT – West Africa Time)
  • Bangkok @ 5:00 pm (ICT – Indochina Time)
  • Canberra @ 8:00 pm (AEST – Australian Eastern Standard Time)



Opening Remarks

  • Mohammed H. Abdullahi, Minister of State for Science and Technology, Government of Nigeria

Presentation 1 – Doing Research Program

  • Francesco Obino, Head of Programs, GDN

Presentation 2 – Doing Research in Nigeria

  • Abiodun Egbetokun, Assistant Director, Research, National Centre for Technology Management (NACETEM), Nigeria
  • Adedayo Olofinyehun, Senior Research Officer, National Centre for Technology Management (NACETEM), Nigeria


  • Andy Frost, Head of the Food and Markets Department – University of Greenwich, United Kingdom
  • Suleiman Elias Bogoro, Executive Secretary, Tertiary Education Trust Fund Nigeria
  • Suleiman Ramon-Yusuff, Deputy Executive Secretary (Academics), National Universities Commission, Nigeria
  • Esohe Eigbike, Education Adviser, Department for International Development (DFID) Nigeria


The Doing Research program

Doing Research (launched in 2014) – read the DR factsheet, is an initiative of the Global Development Network (GDN) that aims to systematically assess how the features of a national research system impact the capacity to produce, diffuse and use quality social science research to the benefit of social and economic development. A pilot phase (2014-2017) in 13 countries was supported by the Agence Française de Développement, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. In 2017, GDN conducted a synthesis of the pilot studies and developed a standard methodology for studying social science research systems in developing countries, the ‘Doing Research Assessment’. Since 2018, GDN has been implementing Doing Research Assessments in partnership with competitively selected national research institutions, with the aim of generating evidence on research systems. The program also aims to support the emergence of a network of research institutions in the Global South dedicated to informing national research policies, using new research-based, comparative evidence.