Concept Research Programme

The Concept Research Programme develops ways of improving the use of resources and enhancing the effects of major public investments. The principal goal of the Concept Research Programme is to develop knowledge and expertise on projects in the front-end phase, from the initial visualization until the decision to implement is made. Trailing research on large public investment projects is the main project activity. The goal is to attain better use of resources and greater effects of such investments. The Norwegian Ministry of Finance funds the programme.

Contact information

Programme Director
Knut Samset
tel: +47 900 84 811

Research Director
Gro Holst Volden
tel: +47 957 45 565

Data Collection
Morten Welde
tel: +47 977 30 031

Concept Symposium Director
Carl Christian Røstad
tel: +47 928 31 650

New publications

The most recent report in the Concept Report Series is no. 57 on efficiency and productivity in road projects.

We also publish ex-post evaluations of investments projects, as well as working papers on different subjects. 

Most of our publications are in Norwegian only. The Concept reports have a summary available in English. Report no. 36, Lessons with the Norwegian State Project Model, is entirely in English. Report no. 47 and 54 is in English too.

You can download our publications here.

Fourth framework agreement on quality assurance

In September 2015 the Ministry of Finance signed an agreement with six Norwegian constellations of consultants to perform external quality assurance in the planning process of major public investments. This is the fourth agreement of the Norwegian quality assurance scheme, and it will last through 2019. The content and scope of the current agreement does not differ from the third agreement.

You can read more about the current QA scheme here.

Concept International Symposium on Project Governance

The Concept International Symposium on Project Governance is a meeting place for key professionals in administration, practice and research to build networks and exchange experience. The event is organized by the Concept Research Programme and is held every 2nd year in Norway. Participation by invitation.

The 8th Symposium was held 5th-7th September 2018 outside of Stavanger, Norway. The next symposium will be in September 2020 at Asker Fjorhotel outside Oslo.

You can read more here.