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Developing a Framework for the Assessment of the Australian Research System

CollectionsANU Student Research Conference (2nd : 2016 : Canberra, ACT)
Title: Developing a Framework for the Assessment of the Australian Research System
Author(s): Patajo, Albert
Keywords: student research conference
Australian Research
Australian National Internship Program
Date published: 14-Jul-2016
Publisher: Australian National University
The aim of this research was to develop a framework for the holistic assessment of the Australian research system. Through the identification of indicators and the presentation of data from metrics that encompassed these indicators, this research presented an accurate portrayal of the performance of the Australian research system. This research was developed in response to the Boosting the Commercial Returns from Research report that was presented by the Australian Government in 2014. The current assessment tools are fragmented and do not provide a holistic approach to the evaluation of the Australian research system. Indicators are used to provide a quantifiable analysis of the research system. The indicators used in this research project were: resourcing, quality, engagement, return on investment and responsiveness. These indicators had been identified by the Department of Education and other Government research. Research was conducted through data-mining available databases and through data request from organisations. This data was presented against the OECD average in order to determine how Australia was progressing internationally. The quality of Australian research is stronger than the OECD average, with Australian research receiving more citations per publication and publications per researcher. However, Australia should improve on resourcing its research system through an increase in investment in research to remain competitive, as well as providing incentives for industry collaboration and research commercialisation. This research made several key recommendations based on improving research evaluation frameworks and data collection. The collection of sufficiently robust data will ensure that future frameworks are able accurately assess the Australian research system.


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