ERA, overview and implications: the academic perspective

Education Higher education Australia

This paper on the ERA (Excellence in Research for Australia) evaluation program was presented at the National Academies Forum workshop on Excellence in research evaluation: impacts on scholarship, research funding and publications, on 9 September 2009. In it Stuart Macintyre, president of the Academy of the Social Science, says,

"I welcome the replacement of the present system of measuring and rewarding research through the Institutional Grants Scheme, with its rigid input measures and limited output measures, especially the publications formula that had such pernicious effects. I welcome the attempt to devise an alternative, the placement of it with the ARC and the spirit with which it has been developed. But it remains a work in progress and an unproven tool of measurement with implications that invite further consideration before it is used as a basis of policy."


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