experts in operational and organizational effectiveness, compliance and regulatory affairs

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Perhaps the most important part of the success of any organization is the creation of strategic directions that it wishes to pursue and to develop a long range plan to appropriately allocate resources in support of these strategic directions.

Successful strategic planning activities result in a roadmap to set priorities, identify resources, energize employees, and create metrics to measure outcomes/results.

Unfortunately, most strategic plans fail to be implemented.

Failures can be due to lack of organizational accountability, reluctance to address the elephant(s) in the room (conflict avoidance), seeing the planning activity as solely budgetary, having too many strategic directions, poor leadership and fundamentally not being ready for change. Taking an advocacy/advisory approach, our firm helps organizations understand their current climate and build a case for change.

We work with the organization to obtain buy-in and make sure that as the plan is developed and rolled out, appropriate individuals have the correct responsibilities, accountability and authority to successfully execute the strategic planning process. Once the plan is completed, we continue our partnership with the organization to translate the plan into action for smooth operation. We have over 60 years of collective strategic planning experience and can help your organization to

  • create individually tailored solutions that address barriers to change and optimize operational effectiveness and reputation;
  • offer independent, expert advice to manage the data life cycle;
  • focus on high impact, problem-based approach to produce measurable results for the benefit of the organization;
  • achieve results; see opportunities where others see problems; and
  • focus on win-win solutions.

Research Impact and Productivity

Everyone wants to do things that matter, whether at the individual, institutional, community or societal level. The collective size of the research enterprise, its diversity, and intellectual and physical capital position it well for competing as a leader in creating new knowledge that will benefit our society.

Decreasing support from state and federal government combined with widespread public skepticism about the mission, values and impact of institutions put research organizations at risk of being unable to fulfill the promise of improving society’s health and well being through knowledge.

Increased scrutiny and accountability from the public and their elected representatives challenge research enterprises to explain the return on societal investment and to become more focused on impact, efficiency, and productivity.

Most measures of change are focused on metrics that are easy to obtain and consistent between organizations but ultimately fail to measure real, practical impact. To be successful, research organizations will need to take a hard look at their business models and the value proposition they provide to their communities. New metrics of impact and importance will need to be developed that meet the needs of our local/national/global communities. New structures for translating research activity into practical economic and societal benefit will need to be generated. HSNA can

  • identify organizational opportunities for enhanced productivity and efficiency in mission;
  • provide metrics that connect organizational capabilities to practical impact;
  • identify proactive communication strategies to more effectively educate the public about research impact;
  • incorporate strategies to include research impact and importance during the design, execution and post completion; and
  • focus on flexible career training for researchers, funding and culture of research in different organizations.


In recent years, research has come under intense public scrutiny. Science, which relies upon public funding, must yield measurable benefit, demonstrate rigor, and uphold high standards of integrity in order to maintain the public trust. But efforts to provide such accountability increasingly leave researchers and research institutions collapsing under the weight of administrative requirements and regulatory constraints. The often quoted figure that scientists spend nearly 42% of their effort on paperwork and administrative tasks describes a system in peril.

Without question, the responsible conduct of research, reproducibility, human participant protection and animal welfare all require diligence and come at some necessary cost in time and expense.

But effective institutional compliance strategies create efficiencies and find balance to avoid overly and unnecessarily burdensome application of requirements. Efforts to promote compliance, ethical conduct, and institutional reputation require institutional flexibility, some degree of risk tolerance, and intelligent application of regulation.

HSNA understands these challenges and has extensive experience leading organizations in the development of effective research integrity and compliance programs. We can help your institution to

  • develop intelligent research oversight, compliance and ethics strategies tailored to institutional need;
  • identify opportunities for flexible application of regulations and the elimination of unnecessary regulatory burden;
  • streamline and shift administrative processes to lessen investigator administrative workload; and
  • provide assessment, consultation coaching and remediation to address serious faculty disputes, compliance violations, and scientific misconduct.


Research is transforming from an independent activity to one involving a variety of partners across disciplines, institutions and industries. Increasing the quantity and quality of multi-institutional research collaborations is part of an overall goal to increase research capacity, provide a highly trained knowledge-based workforce, increase technology transfer and maintain global competitiveness.

A new organizational model for research that encompasses collaboration, innovation and entrepreneurship is needed to remain nationally and globally competitive. These new models will create an imperative for change but will also challenge current organizational structures.

These models will require institutional support and incentives for collaborative research, appropriate research infrastructure, an environment that favors technology transfer, a culture that supports entrepreneurship, training in effective research collaboration and appropriate incentives for scientists to participate in multi-institutional research. Our team has extensive experience in leading just these kinds of changes in organizations large and small. We can help institutions with

  • incentives for individual/organizational collaborations in research;
  • identification of barriers to successful collaboration;
  • strategies for transfer of fundamental research from discovery to commercialization;
  • advice on preparation of multi-institutional (public, non-profit, private and corporate) agreements and applications for external funding;
  • independent, objective iterative reexamination of progress on specific research collaborations; and
  • new models for comprehensive research engagement.

How Can We Help?

Herman, Strauss, Neuhauser & Associates offers comprehensive analytic,
advisory and implementation services for research organizations.