Assessing Scientific Research

Karen Wilson Karen_Wilson at RBGSYD.GOV.AU
Wed Aug 28 17:40:00 CDT 1996

     Assessing the output and impact of scientific research is becoming
     increasingly important for scientific organisations everywhere,
     including here.
     Does anyone have any comments on what they have found to be useful
     assessment methods, particularly in the area of performance
     indicators? How, for example, have people found ways to go beyond such
     crude quantitative measures as number of refereed papers/pages
     If people send their comments direct to me, I will summarise them for
     TAXACOM - unless people feel that it is a matter of broad interest and
     therefore wish to put their comments straight on TAXACOM.
     Karen Wilson

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