What have assessment initiatives achieved?
In this report, we review the outcomes and changes in regional research performance that can be linked to research assessment policy.
We explore research assessment, its origins, how it works in different regions and what effects it has on higher education and funding policy, drawing on Web of Science™ data. The most important feature of any assessment system should be the extent to which it attracts and retains the confidence of the researchers.
The structure and performance of six systems are analyzed: