In July 2015 HEFCE published their Metric Tide report which has given the Metrics SIG a focus for discussion and debate. How do we respond to the report? What influence will it have? Assuming there is another UK Research Excellence Framework, what will it look like, what will it measure and how should it do so without invoking Goodhart's Law ("When a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a good measure.")? What will the practical implications be for those of us supplying the metrics and supporting those being measured?
The Metrics Special Interest Group (SIG) is for all those interested in how we can meaningfully measure research activities and outcomes. That might include how we monitor compliance with the open access and research data requirements of funders, how we measure research income and PGR student activity, how we provide evidence of 'impact', and how we can sensibly analyse publication and citation data. Of course such metrics are used in many different ways, including, but not limited to, internal performance monitoring, external benchmarking or research excellence processes, and an increasing range of league tables.
The Metrics SIG intends to be a place where both the broader philosophical discussions and the practical detail of systems and processes relating to research measurement can be shared and debated, and where all views, questions and comments - grand and pragmatic - are welcome and respected. Find out how to join here.
Please find below some articles, websites and information that may be of interest arranged by subject area.