In addition to its training programmes IDM undertakes research and consultancy. Research in the context of IDM means a creative program of systematic inquiry undertaken, and leading to publicly verifiable outcomes that are subject to peer appraisal.
To ensure the application of research outcomes, IDM is appealing to the public for sponsored research, as it endeavours to advance knowledge. As such, stakeholders may make specific requests for IDM to conduct research under the following categories: Business and Information Resources Management, Human Resources and Organisational Development, and Public Health Management. However, to complement its applied research base, IDM also promotes basic research and has a journal for publication of all research undertaken. The journal can be purchased from the Marketing office. However, to safeguard the interests of researchers and sponsors, IDM has an Intellectual Property policy which secures the interests of all parties in case of commercialization.
On the other hand, IDM views consultancy as professional services based on the institute’s existing knowledge in the areas of: Business and Information Resources Management, Human Resources and Organisational Development, and Public Health Management. Consultancy services are, therefore, available when the public seek to purchase skills and expertise from IDM staff in the areas listed above. The skills purchased may involve the development of: organizational strategy and its review, financial policies and review, purchasing procedures, archives and records procedures, inter alia.
It is line with this broad mandate on research and consultancy that IDM has in the past successfully carried out the following activities:
•Strategy Management and Implementation
•Needs Assessment and Analysis, Capacity Building and Institutional Strengthening
•Corporate Governance and Leadership
•Change Processes and Management
•Business Analysis and Operational Reviews
•Customer Focused Studies
•Skills Audit, Job Evaluation and Job Grading
•Organization Analysis, Design and Restructuring
•Performance Management Systems
•Productivity Analysis and Performance Evaluation
•Systems Reviews, Systems Analysis and Design
•Performance Improvement Plans based on Performance Excellence Models
•Policy Analysis and Formulation
•All aspects of Systems Computerization, Financial Systems, Budgetary Systems, Planning Systems, Project Management Systems