Journal of Biostatistics and Epidemiology 2015. 1(3-4):93-99.

A model for assessment and development of the credibility of Iran Academy of Medical Sciences
Bahareh Malekafzali, MohammadHossein Rajaeefar, Hossein Malek-Afzali, Farshad Pourmalek


Background  &  Aim:  Assessment  could  be  assumed  as  a  valuable  mean  of  highlighting  the organization  strengths and spotting its weaknesses.  Academies  are not exceptions  in this regard. Knowing the items, which entail more concentrated  attention, the leadership  of the academy will shift the resources to compensate the extenuations. This study aimed to provide the Iran Academy of Medical Sciences (AMS) a model of assessment and development of its credibility.

Methods & Materials: Reviewing the scientific literatures about the components of credibility of an organization, three components were elected, 1. Structure, 2. Performance, and 3. Acceptability. Assessing  this academy,  a framework  for summarizing  the information  of other  academies  was developed. For the next steps, to improve the quality of the framework and to study more AMS, we decided to search the internet for more countries and academies.

Results: We find that 16 indices and their 77 measures could be used to assess the AMS.

Conclusion:  Establishing  a well-defined  system with a trained  staff devoted  to assess  the AMS activities, would be in the favor of evaluating the AMS annually; and by publication of strategic reports, AMS strengths would be reinforced and its weaknesses would be reformed.


Academy of Medical Sciences, Acceptability, Structure, Performance,Credibility

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