RISE framework

Check the fulfilment of stakeholder expectations with the Research Infrastructure Self- Evaluation framework.

Self-assess the research data management services your organisation provides of your institution using the Research Infrastructure Self Evaluation (RISE) framework. The RISE framework is a benchmarking tool designed to help an institution, or other research-producing organisation, plan and develop its support for research data management (RDM). It was created primarily to help higher education institutions take stock of their current provision and identify areas of focus for future development. It provides a framework for discussion, enabling relevant stakeholders to contribute their experience to all aspects of a holistically envisioned service.

It offers a capability model to enable you to review key RDM process areas and activities and assess them against three levels of service value in each area of capability: compliance; providing locally-tailored services; and sector-leading activity.

The RISE framework describes 21 capabilities, distributed across ten research data support service areas:

  1. RDM policy and strategy
  2. Business plans and sustainability
  3. Advisory services
  4. Training
  5. Data management planning
  6. Active data management
  7. Appraisal and risk assessment
  8. Preservation
  9. Access and publishing
  10. Discovery

The RISE framework draws on the Digital Curation centre's extensive experience in advising institutions on RDM in the UK and internationally, It has been used to address these requirements:

  • establishing a consensus on the organisation's current provision of support on RDM, to meet its need and those of researchers, data users and other stakeholders infrastructure meets RCUK funder requirements
  • assessing whether RDM services meet research funders' expectations
  • helping establish a roadmap for further development of the service to offer added value

Training and facilitation in using RISE is available (at competitive rates) from the Digital Curation Centre and additional support materials - the Business Model Canvas for RDM - are also available on request.

Find out more about RISE

Free or paid for:


Paid-for option: Competitive rates for training and facilitation: contact Digital Curation Centre for more details info@dcc.ac.uk

Product Features

  • How to Use guide presented as downloadable PDF
  • Adaptable to different requirements of research data management service
  • Designed to help higher education institutions engage with RDM stakeholders
  • Draws on the DCC's extensive experience in building RDM capability since 2004.

Applicable Disciplines

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • Business, Management and Accounting
  • Computer Sciences
  • Energy
  • Health Professions
  • Material Science
  • Neuroscience
  • Physics and Astronomy
  • Arts and Humanities
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Immunology and Microbiology
  • Mathematics
  • Nursing
  • Psychology
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance
  • Environmental Science
  • Medicine
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics
  • Social Sciences
  • Veterinary

Terms & Conditions

Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International.

Technical Requirements

  • None 

Skills Required

  • Significant experience of the local research support infrastructure
  • A good understanding of the wider issues associated with supporting data management

Support and Training Available

  • Training and facilitation offered at competitive rates. Contact Digital Curation Centre for more details 
  • Additional support materials - Business Model Development Canvas - available on request.