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The Australian research quality framework: a live experiment in capturing the social, economic, environmental, and cultural returns of publicly funded research

The Australian research quality framework: a live experiment in capturing the social, economic, environmental, and cultural returns of publicly funded research

Donovan, Claire ORCID: 0000-0002-6105-7794 (2008) The Australian research quality framework: a live experiment in capturing the social, economic, environmental, and cultural returns of publicly funded research. New Directions in Evaluation, 2008 (118). pp. 47-60. ISSN 1097-6736 (Print), 1534-875X (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1002/ev.260)

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Abstract

The author regards development of Australia's ill‐fated Research Quality Framework (RQF) as a “live experiment” in determining the most appropriate approach to evaluating the extra‐academic returns, or “impact,” of a nation's publicly funded research. The RQF was at the forefront of an international movement toward richer qualitative, contextual approaches that aimed to gauge the wider economic, social, environmental, and cultural benefits of research. Its construction and implementation sent mixed messages and created confusion about what impact is, and how it is best measured, to the extent that this bold live experiment did not come to fruition.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Australia, Research Quality Framework, research impact
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Department of Education & Community Studies
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2020 12:19
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/29612

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