The Vitae Researcher Development Framework


This was taken as a case study by the InteropAbility project, and an analysis appears on the Researcher Development Framework page.


The Researcher Development Framework is created by Vitae

It is structured a little like the e-CF. There are 4 "domains"

  • Knowledge and intellectual abilities
  • Personal effectiveness
  • Research governance and organisation
  • Engagement, influence and impact

Each domain is divided into 3 sub-domains, and the 12 sub-domains have varying number of "descriptors" attached. "Each of the sixty-three descriptors contains between three to five phases, representing distinct stages of development or levels of performance within that descriptor."

The phases of development appear not to have any overall description.

General information

(see Example source guidance)

information to be gathered details
Name / title of source/model and version if applicable  
Stakeholder Vitae – realising the potential of researchers
URL of source or stakeholder
Orientation (work, education, etc.) personal professional development within research
Explicit model or implicit model? implicit
Can organisations have competence? no
Number of people currently affected thousands
Sectors covered research
Groups of actual users  
Significant use cases  
Significant business cases  
Sample materials  
Key features influencing their uptake of InLOC outputs  


(see the Features page or the separate pages for each feature)

N Features ? notes
00 More than one model 1 4 fixed framework layers
01 Identifiers 1 domains lettered A to D; sub-domains, descriptors and stages are numbered
02 Hierarchy (internal) 1 domain > sub-domain > descriptor > stage of development
03 Internal relationships 0  
04 External relationships 0  
05 Conditionality / optionality 0  
06 Text syntax 0  
07 Structured identifiers 1 sub-domain identifiers are a letter A to D for the domain, followed by a digit 1 to 3
08 Classification 0 according to framework only
09 Level attribution 0 not related to external levels
10 Level definition 1 phases of development
11 Context 0  
12 Evidence and assessment 1 designed to support self-assessment, but no explicit mechanism
13 Extensions 0  
14 Profiles 0  
15 Adaptation 0  
16 Definition by example 0  
17 Learning resources 0  
18 Learner records 0 designed to tie in with learner records, but nothing particular specified
19 Multilinguality 0  

Further information

Guidelines requirements

InLOC consultation with Vitae RDF is through Simon Grant.