Research and analysis

Research Councils impact reports 2012: descriptive analysis of quantitative metrics

Summarises the performance of the seven Research Councils using the data collected in their annual impact reports.

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Report that uses Research Council performance data to identify trends and monitor developments in publicly funded science and research investment.

It summarises performance data from the seven Research Councils collected through their annual impact reports, and explains how to interpret and use this data to identify trends and monitor developments. This report specifically looks at the quantitative element of the performance metrics which refer to recent activities outputs rather than the wider economic and social impacts of past investments in research.

A new metrics framework provides a quantified approach to monitoring trends through a broad set of metrics. Together these metrics give an overall picture of some of the activities and investments funded by Research Councils in the previous year. Metrics include inputs, outputs and outcomes. The list of metrics cover various activities including expenditure, human capital, technology and knowledge exchange.