Data into Intelligence: Intelligence into Action!

This intermediate-level Elsevier sponsored workshop will focus on how output and citation metrics can be used, alongside peer review, to support decision making and establish a culture of responsible metrics usage.
Event TypeTechnical Knowledge Workshop
When14 Mar 2017
Wherethestudio, Leeds
Delegate price£270.00 +VAT
PDF Themes SERV MI

As research funding becomes more competitive, universities are getting more strategic about how they support their research talent, identify potential areas for growth and position themselves in the UK and global arena. They are increasingly collecting and managing more data and routinely using metrics to support institutional decision making.

This intermediate-level Elsevier sponsored workshop will focus on how output and citation metrics can be used, alongside peer review, to support decision making and establish a culture of responsible metrics usage.

We will cover the following topics:

Using appropriate metrics. Doubts about the use of metrics to give insights into performance are sometimes voiced, and understandably give rise to concerns about when and how to employ them. We will recap the diverse basket of metrics currently available and explore factors besides performance that can affect metric values. We will also examine the indicators used to assess the contribution of citations within the world university rankings.

Building a culture of responsible metrics usage. Encouraging a move from using a single metric such as h-index or Journal Impact Factor to a more responsible use of metrics requires planning and time. Any changes will require engagement with other internal stakeholders and the support of the Academy. We will talk about the importance of identifying project sponsors, key stakeholders from other professional services teams and measures of success and tactics to overcome objections without disenfranchising academic colleagues.

The changing role of the analyst or bibliometrician. Analysts are now more likely to have to present findings to senior leaders and committees. This requires specific communication skills. We will explore how to structure your case and the importance of developing an accompanying narrative. Suggestions for those managing analysts or bibliometrician will also be made.

By the end of the workshop participants will:

  • Understand the basket of metrics available for research managers and the importance of using multiple metrics and appropriate peer review.
  • Get to grips with project planning and change management approaches required to introduce a culture of responsible metrics and appropriate Faculty, Departmental and School reporting.
  • Be aware of opportunities to engage with other ‘allied trades’ within a matrix organisations e.g. IT, Planners and Finance.
  • Understand how to pitch to senior academics, administrators and committees as well funders and policymakers.

This workshop maps on to the following areas of the ARMA Professional Development Framework:

  1. Management Information and Related Functions.
  2. Service Organisation and Delivery.

Target Audience

This workshop is intended for Analysts/Bibliometricians, their Managers and Research Managers who are involved in establishing and reporting on institutional KPIs using metrics.

Prior Knowledge Required

Some prior knowledge is recommended. This intermediate-level workshop and would be an ideal complement to the following ARMA Technical Knowledge Workshop and Good Practice Exchange on metrics.

Presenters

  • Jennifer Stergiou: Event Lead, Head of Performance, Governance & Operations, University of Leeds
  • Lesley Thompson, VP Academic & Government Strategic Alliance, Elsevier
  • Karen Clews, Research Information Manager, University of Birmingham
  • Matt Walker, Customer Consultant, Research Management, Elsevier
  • Charles Martinez, Customer Consultant, Research Management, Elsevier

Venue

thestudio is right in the centre of Leeds. See http://studiovenues.co.uk/leeds/ for details.

Programme

This is a one day course running from 10h00 to 16h00.

Contact

For enquiries about this programme, please contact events@arma.ac.uk.