The Impact-o-meter

Is certainty of measurement the most important criterion for impact evaluation?  Colin Burrows has set forward a tongue-in-cheek proposal for measuring the impact of research undertaken in universities – the Impact-o-meter.  This satirical piece raises serious questions about the cost, precision and implications of measuring impact.

As an aside, Australia had developed a framework for assessing the impact of university research which would have raised the profile of evaluation – since the impact of evaluations is more likely to be in changes to policy and practice rather than in journal citations.  However the new federal government has abandoned this approach and returned to traditional measures of citations in “high-impact” journals.

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