Responsible Use of Metrics

This good practice exchange will explore the concept of the responsible use of metrics in research and innovation management. Supported by real life case studies we will discuss what the responsible use of metrics looks like in practice, how Universities are responding to the Metric Tide report, and how to spot the irresponsible use of metrics.
Event TypeGood Practice Exchange
When16 May 2017
WhereThe Novotel, Leeds
Delegate Price£270.00 +VAT
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This one-day event will provide an opportunity to share experience and expertise around the responsible use of metrics in research & innovation management, and to discuss issues and solutions with colleagues from across the sector. In particular, the event will discuss how Universities are responding to the recommendations of The Metric Tide report (,104463,en.html) and how individual research managers can apply these recommendations in their own work.

The day will start by reviewing The Metric Tide report and the work of the Forum for Responsible Research Metrics, and then three Universities will present case studies on their experience of responding to the recommendations within their own Universities. Finally, delegates will have an opportunity to consider lessons learned and how they might implement change in their own institutions.

By the end of the event participants will:

  • Have been reminded of the recommendations of The Metric Tide report
  • Have considered different approaches to implementing these recommendations
  • Be familiar with the aims of the Forum for Responsible Research Metrics
  • Have discussed the challenges involved in ensuring the responsible use of metrics, both personally, and by others across their institution
  • Have considered the benefits and challenges of developing a statement on the responsible use of metrics at their institution
  • Reflected on how they would apply their learning within their institution
  • Target audience

    This one-day event is aimed at research managers from university schools, faculties, research centres/institutes and central offices, who work with metrics in some element of their role, and particularly those who are responsible for determining how metrics are used with their department or university. This could include different types of metrics, such as bibliometrics, Snowball metrics, input metrics, altmetrics etc.

    The session maps onto the management and leadership levels of the Management Information and Related Functions and Policy and Governance elements of the ARMA Professional Development Framework, and the Working with Management Information unit of the ARMA Certificate in Research Management.


    9:30 - Registration

    10:00 - Start

    16:00 - Close

    A draft copy of the programme can be viewed here.


    • Jenni Stergiou Head of Research Operations & Reporting, University of Leeds
    • Elizabeth Gadd Research Policy Manager, Loughborough University
    • Katie Evans Research Analytics Librarian, University of Bath
    • Mike Thelwall
    • Dr Andrew CoxSenior Lecturer, University of Sheffield


    The event will be held at The Novotel, Leeds.

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