We are investigating the options for building a Research Productivity Index tool that can be used by individuals and the university for multiple research reporting purposes.
Why do we need a Research Productivity Index?
The Research Productivity Index is a fairer metric to assess academic research performance. It has different expectations for academics across different levels, different disciplines, and those who receive lower amounts of time for research. It will help identify those staff who are performing well in research but do not currently have a research allocation.
The index will also encourage improved research performance across a range of academic levels. You will be able to view and compare research activities at peer, school and university levels.
We envisage it will enhance our research culture, as well as the quality and breadth of research outcomes at Charles Sturt. This will assist in improving our university research rankings.
What does our investigation involve?
In this phase of the project, we are identifying prospective systems to support the production and reporting of the Research Productivity Index.
We are also examining other academic-based research performance metrics, at both the individual and aggregate levels.
- analysing our current and future Charles Sturt research data needs, investigating how to resolve any critical gaps in our data
- analysing our current and future research reporting requirements
- determining the calculations required to create metrics and attributes
- developing a prototype reporting view for the Research Productivity Index
- proposing a solution (or solutions) for a Charles Sturt research reporting tool, including system design, data needs, business process changes, and implementation plans, costs and timescales.
Contact Anita Kim – Senior Project Manager, Division of Information Technology.