IDIBAPS has been a member of the Coalition for Advancing Research Assessment (CoARA) since last November. CoARA’s main goals are to reform the research assessment system, making it fairer and more inclusive, and to maximise the quality and impact of research.
Unlike previous initiatives such as the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) or the Leiden Manifesto, CoARA goes beyond a mere declaration of intent to invite organisations to commit to changing their assessment practices within a set timeframe (2022-2027). Signatories of the commitment undertake to promote the use of qualitative indicators, supported by responsible use of quantitative indicators, recognition of the diversity of research outputs, and the abandonment of the inappropriate use of journal-based metrics and rankings.
The initiative, which was facilitated by the European University Association, Science Europe and the European Commission after several rounds of consultations in which IDIBAPS also took part, currently has more than 400 signatories. To implement the necessary reforms, IDIBAPS will set up an internal working group tasked with reviewing its current assessment practices and proposing a plan for improvement. At the same time, as a member of CoARA, the Institute will take part in Coalition working groups in order to exchange knowledge and to consider, discuss and contribute to the development of new criteria, methods and tools for research assessment.
For further information about the Coalition, see the CoARA website.