Using improved measures of research excellence to build more inclusive and responsive research systems
This project studies how various approaches to measuring research quality affect the way research funds are allocated in the Global South. It seeks to broaden the debate around how the results of evaluation schemes are and should be used for decision-making in terms of the people, projects, and organizations that are allocated funding. This links to fundamental debates that science systems around the world grapple with, such as setting research agendas and developing funding policies.
The study focuses on national science granting councils’ programming in a selection of countries from Latin America and Asia and on a variety of initiatives, examining tools and best practices related to inclusivity in science systems and directing mission-oriented research funds. It will explore new ideas relevant to research assessment and resource allocation, grounded in methodologies that yield qualitative and quantitative empirical evidence. Over the course of the project, an online platform will be developed to help disseminate information and engage stakeholders, particularly granting agencies and other international funders from around the world. In addition, two regional consultations (one in Latin America and the other in Asia) will ground the discussions in the context of a regional landscape while facilitating discussions among key stakeholders to position the work for uptake among scholars and practitioners.