Opening up conversations about researcher evaluation
Résumé for Researchers has been created to support the evaluation of individuals’ varied contributions to research. Find out more about the background to the tool in our blog.
An excellent discussion about a more constructive and holistic way to think about the career of researchers and their impact on science/society. Our current approach clearly isn’t working and is driving some very toxic forces in research culture around the world. We have included links to nine related items.
By creating a working environment that is both challenging and supportive, researchers help improve the flow of ideas, encourage talent to join their organisations and nurture future generations of researchers. To make the decisions concerning the people that create such an environment, decision-makers need to be able to assess the previous contributions made by individuals.
Over the years, the research community has developed ways of assessing contributions to the development of new ideas often by focusing on individuals’ portfolios of outputs and the impact of their work. However, a researcher’s overall contribution to research goes beyond their easily attributable outputs and impact. Too narrowly focused performance indicators can make it harder to see, reward or nurture the full range of contributions that are necessary to create the environments that enable excellence and steward it for the future. To recognise these wider contributions, the Society aims to prompt conversations on the evaluation of researchers.