Assessing research if ERA is over: ideas from the ARC review team

“the sector certainly still needs a trusted assessment mechanism; it just needs a more sophisticated and better targeted one”

Margaret  Sheil and colleagues recommend the end of the two research evaluation exercises in their review of the Australian Research Council Act.

In Features this morning they set out how the ARC can do the job – HERE

“The nation’s research evaluation need today is not for a labour-intensive, retrospective, comprehensive research assessment exercise,” they argue.

“Instead, we need a combination of a tailored quality assessment function aligned to research provider standards; a rigorous, prospective gap-and-opportunity analytic function, to ensure Australian research is pressing our advantages and addressing our shortcomings in research for national competitiveness; and a survey function that reports back the myriad of benefits enabled by the research, to the community that funds and sustains it.”