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Charitable organisations need support in a number of areas from government and other stakeholders in order to measure and improve on their work. Sergio Dionisio/AAP

Community organisations lack the funding and data to measure their impact

Community organisations are trying to measure their impact but lack the funding and data availability to do it properly, new research finds.
All these have been improved by crystallography. 2is3

The little-known science that improved everything around us

UNESCO has declared 2014 as the International Year of Crystallography. But why? Quite simply because the science of crystallography has revolutionised how we live – and yet few people know about it. Crystallography…
The social, economic and environmental impact of academic research can continue for decades. Flickr/Sanofi Pasteur

Universities to explain benefit of research to ‘end users’

Academics from a dozen universities will be required to explain to industry experts the economic and social value of hundreds of research projects from the past 20 years, under guidelines for a trial designed…
Adam Chang’s portrait of academic JM Coetzee, whose writing has had international impact. AAP/Art Gallery of NSW.

Measuring research impact: ATN chief talks about the push for a new system

The election of the Rudd Government in 2007 killed the momentum that had been building in the last few years of the Howard government for research valuation to move beyond metrics-based methods (such as…
Do Australian universities suffer from an overload of auditing and metrics-based assessment? Are vision and flexibility being stifled? Flickr/Harald Groven.

No tyranny of metrics: scrapped Australian plan now a revolution in research assessment in England

Visiting British expert David Sweeney could have star appeal for academics frustrated by the bureaucratic inflexibility of Australia’s research auditing system and metrics-based assessments blind to the…

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