We help produce impactful annual reports, self-evaluations, strategy documents and syntheses.

Center for Healthy Aging self-evaluation and strategy development


CEHA at the University of Copenhagen approached us in advance of an on-site evaluation by an international scientific panel. Specifically, CEHA wanted our help with reviewing its past achievements, strengthening its institutional story and presenting this in two documents that mapped the past and future of the Center.


A coherent institutional story along with a comprehensive self-evaluation report (link leads to the 10-year report, which is largely based on our work) and a strategy document (50 and 20 pages, respectively, excluding covers). CEHA informed us about a successful site visit and a positive evaluation, which resulted in an invitation to submit an application for renewed funding: we also helped develop this application, which resulted in CEHA receiving DKK 78 million in funding.


Facilitation and institutional story
We first reviewed and analysed CEHA’s annual reports and other documents that provided an overview of the Center’s history and achievements. With this understanding, we prepared and moderated an on-site facilitation workshop with the Center’s management and key academic and communications staff. This workshop helped identify and further strengthen CEHA’s story, vision and mission, and to highlight its uniqueness and key achievements. We used the insights from this workshop to develop a document that captured the essential components of CEHA’s institutional identity.

Self-evaluation and strategy documents
Drawing on the facilitation workshop and follow-up work, we helped CEHA to develop a comprehensive self-evaluation report and a strategy document that were to be the basis of the Center’s evaluation in 2017. This work included:

  • developing the editorial and design concepts for the documents to be drafted by multiple CEHA staff
  • editorial feedback on and substantive editing of the text from CEHA to ensure clarity, coherence and consistency in the narrative
  • developing illustrations and design of graphics
  • copyediting
  • layout of text and graphics using the creative framework we developed, and cover design
  • proofreading
  • printing

How the project was received

L. Juel Rasmussen

Professor, Managing Director, Center for Healthy Aging (University of Copenhagen)

“We worked closely with Elevate Scientific (ES) developing crucial background documents for our international scientific site visit: A self-evaluation report and a strategy document. ES helped us in focusing and shaping the material in a very professional way from start to end. Their highly qualified assistance covered all aspects, which we found very useful and practical (writing guidelines; feedback on content, style and consistency; layout; development of figures, tables, etc.; proofreading). We warmly recommend ES – and have already recommended their services to other institutes at our university, as well as abroad (Oslo University). We find it unique that ES combines scientific competences from different research fields and at the same time are communication experts at a very high level.”


    Client NNF Center for Basic Metabolic Research – University of Copenhagen
    Brief Development of application for extended funding of the center
    What we did Facilitation workshop and end-to-end support of documents
    Outcome Proposal documentation (~100 pages each for the main document and appendix). The proposal was successful and the centre was awarded DKK 700 million.



    Client NNF Center for Protein Research (CPR) – University of Copenhagen
    Brief Development of annual report
    What we did End-to-end support: editorial and creative concept; substantive and copy editing; design, illustration, layout and proofing; print production.
    Outcome 2015 annual report

    Client NNF Center for Stem Cell Research and Developmental Biology (Danstem) – University of Copenhagen
    Brief Development of self-evaluation and strategy documents
    What we did Facilitation workshop and end-to-end support of documents (similar to the CEHA case).
    Outcome 1) Self-evaluation document (80 pages main document, 126 pages supplementary information), 2) Strategy document (29 pages), 3) a positive evaluation

    “We enlisted Elevate Scientific to support our preparations for an evaluation by the Novo Nordisk Foundation. The result was three high quality publications and presentation quality graphics documenting the eight years of the Center’s activities, all materials that brought positive feedback. Elevate’s support combined a deep understanding of the scientific process with strong science communications skills.”

    Gretchen Repasky, Chief Operating Officer, The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Stem Cell Biology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

    Client NNF Center for Biosustainability – Danish Technical University
    Brief Development of self-evaluation document
    What we did Editorial framing, substantive editing and feedback, illustrations
    Outcome Self-evaluation document (~125 pages main document, ~100 pages supplementary information)

    Client Danish National Biobank
    Brief Development of self-evaluation documents
    What we did Editorial framing, substantive editing and feedback
    Outcome Self-evaluation documents (~75 pages main document, ~20 pages supplementary information)