Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) – Centre for Operational Research and Analysis (CORA) Science and Technology (S&T) Capability Assessment – Documenting the method and results of the 2017 assessment


  1. Gongora, T.
  2. Taylor, B.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Centre for Operational Research and Analysis, Ottawa ON (CAN)
In 2017 the DRDC Centre for Operational Research and Analysis (DRDC CORA) conducted an assessment of its science and technology capabilities focused on the state of expertise, tools, and access and collaboration in order to provide input of practical value on these issues to the strategic plan for DRDC CORA. The assessment was conducted with a questionnaire followed by discussion groups where the questionnaire results were discussed and further analyzed. The results of the capability assessment highlighted the strength of the generalist model of service delivery so prevalent in the Centre, namely that it generates expertise that is highly reusable. However, the demand for services has outstripped the pool of resources in recent years leading to a small-team syndrome within the Centre as more and more teams have become smaller or have been created with minimal resources in order to address new client demand. The small-team syndrome affects negatively the generation, sustainment, and delivery of quality operational research and analysis (OR&A). Any action taken toward the (re-)creation of larger and more robust teams is likely to have positive results on the health of OR&A capabilities within the Centre due to the wide-ranging negative effects of small teams.

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Assessment;Operational Research;Capability;Strategic Analysis;DRDC CORA
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2019-D016 — Reference Document
Date of publication
01 Apr 2019
Number of Pages
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