July 9, 2015, by Alison McNab
The Metric Tide: report on the role of metrics
An independent review of the role of metrics in research assessment and research management, has been published today: The Metric Tide: Report of the Independent Review of the Role of Metrics in Research Assessment and Management.
The review identifies 20 recommendations for further work and action by stakeholders across the UK research system. Action in the following areas is proposed: supporting the effective leadership, governance and management of research cultures; improving the data infrastructure that supports research information management; increasing the usefulness of existing data and information sources; using metrics in the next REF; and coordinating activity and building evidence.
The review (known as the Wilsdon Review, after the chair, Professor James Wilsdon) was announced by David Willetts, then Minister for Universities and Science, in April 2014, and has been supported by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). The Steering Group was asked to consider the role that metrics-based assessment could play in determining quality, impact and other key characteristics of research undertaken in the higher education sector.