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Conclusion: Prometheus assessed and lessons for research assessment

Abstract:

In this concluding chapter we compare and contrast different models of research assessment and compare them to the decentralised model of the United States. We investigate further issues of collective decision-making, relevance and the impact of research, before drawing general conclusions and drawing out policy implications.

Key words

science

research

research assessment

United States

citation analysis

bibliometrics

panel review

decision-making

impact

bureaucratic control

We note in our introductory chapter the highly contested and provisional nature of knowledge itself; and the considerable debate about the methods and nature of research, particularly in the ...

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