The OECD-Norway Workshop on Performance-based Funding for Public Research in Tertiary Education Institutions, was held on Monday, 21 June 2010 in Paris.
Many governments are working to develop improved methods of distributing public funds for research, in order to raise research quality and support the development of research in strategically important areas. One approach gaining increased attention from a number of countries is the use of performance-based funding models for allocating research funding to tertiary education institutions. These models are essentially systems of ex-post evaluation of research outputs and outcomes from universities and other tertiary institutions, and are generally based on peer review, bibliometric or other quantitative indicators. Their results are used to inform government decisions about how much and which institutions to fund.
The workshop aimed to bring together government and academic experts, and other interested parties, to discuss the latest developments and evidence on these performance-based funding systems. The workshop included presentations on models of performance-based funding used by governments, the indicators incorporated within such models, and the impacts and consequences of these systems on institutional performance and incentives. A panel roundtable, brought together academics and government representatives who debated on whether performance-based funding systems are the most efficient and effective way for governments to drive their public research goals in tertiary education institutions.
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