Research measures: Comparing the new with the old Publications
Two historical measures of TEO research performance in the universities - total research outputs and external research income - were found to have a high degree of correlation with the PBRF quality scores.
Author(s): Warren Smart and Roger Smyth, Ministry of Education.
Date Published: June 2005
The quality of research is inevitably difficult to measure. Even if people can agree on what counts as research, there are differences in publishing conventions and practices between fields of study that make comparisons difficult. In addition, it is by no means simple to assign a quantitative measure that takes account of the quality of research.
This note discusses the new Performance-based Research Fund (PBRF) system of measurement of research quality in tertiary education providers and compares the results of those new measures with earlier measures of research performance.