University Research and Development Center



Brief Overview
University Research and Development Center (URDC) established in 2007 in Tehran University of Medical Sciences (TUMS). This center targeting at promoting evidence informed policy making at TUMS.



Message from the director

Adopting appropriate policies for education, research and health care as well as proper planning and management of resources in medical universities will lead to improvement of community health and also university scientific ranking. Management and policy-making at each level require timely access to valid and comprehensive information on current status, future trends and awareness of scientific evidences. Policies are not implemented only by developing them and in many cases, despite their implementation, the outcomes are different from the expectations of policy makers and other stakeholders. The importance of the topic has led to the establishment of centers for organizational research in many different universities around the world, aimed at improving evidence infonned policy-making through collecting and analyzing data and providing statistics, continuous performance management and conducting research projects to find evidence based solutions for current university challenges. University Research and Development Center is a place that helps Tehran University of Medical Sciences to achieving its goals.



  • Providing evidence-based policy options for the important issues of the University using scientific methodology, considering the TUMS context and key stakeholders' options.
  • Adapting and introducing context specific performance management approaches and methods for quality improvement in TUMS.
  • Conducting and analyzing faculty, staff and students' opinion surveys about key issues.
  • Developing, monitoring and evaluating long term development and operational plans for TUMS with collaboration of key stakeholders;
  • Foresighting and affecting the TUMS policies and programs in order to take advantage of future opportunities and to control threats in order to achieve TUMS vision.



Our Principles
  • Participatory approach and stakeholders involvement in different stages of research,
  • Multidisciplinary team working,
  • Innovative approach,
  • Evidence based approach,
  • Dissemination of synthesized knowledge using appropriate tools and methods (Paper, Policy Brief, Book, Report, Lecture ... ),
  • Collaboration with other researchers and scientific centers (University Schools, Research Centers, scientific Associations ... ),
  • International collaboration,
  • To create empowering environment for URDC staff and researchers,




URDC intends to become the main reference for providing scientific evidence and consultation to TUMS policy makers and managers in order to support TUMS to achieve its vision and objectives.



Research Fields and Interests

  • Strategic and foresight Planning,
  • Monitoring and evaluation,
  • Performance management,
  • Economic evaluation,
  • Facilitating knowledge utilization (policy brief, guideline, technology assessment ... ), 


Degree and Non-Degree programs 

This center can adopt PhD and Postdoctoral students in URDC research fields and interests



Faculty Members    Publications
  • Dr. Akbar Fotouhi, Director of URDC: ir/faculties/afot ouhi

  • Dr. Fatemeh Rajabi, Deputy of URDC: Rajabi3

  • Dr. Alireza Hemmati, Executive Director ofURDC:


  • Dr. Laleh Ghadirian: /profi le/Laleh Ghadirian

  • Dr. Azadeh Sayarifard: Sayarifard

  • Dr. Leila Haghjou:

https://www.researchgat Hagh jou2

  • Samaneh Orouji:

  • Mojgan Farshadi:

https://www.researchgat /profile/Mojgan Farshadi

  • Maryam Nazari:

  • Design and implementation of the reward system model for staff in a selected hospital affiliated to Tehran University of Medical Sciences
  • Effective Reward System on Hospital Staff Performance: Challenges and Solutions
  • A Manual for Prioritizing the Topics of Clinical Practice Guidelines for Family Physicians
  • Assessing mental health literacy: What medical sciences students' know about depression
  • Promoting Physical Activity of Adolescent and Young Iranian Girls
  • Challenges for Better thesis supervision Iran Health System Reform Plan Methodology
  • Health System Vision of Iran in 2025 Evidence-informed Health Policy Making: The Role of Policy Brief



Last Update At : 21 September 2019