The evolution of the UK's Research Assessment Exercise: publications, performance and perceptions

2006-05-22T15:26:32Z (GMT) by Valerie Bence Charles Oppenheim
This article examines how the UK Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), along with the development of performance indicators, fits into the production of research within a changing policy context. The historical evolution of the RAE from 1985-2001 is considered, before looking specifically at how research output (in the form of journal publications) was, and is, assessed. Such changes in output measurements necessitated a move from quantitative to quality evaluation, and the role of quality – perceptions and performance- is examined.