Dare to be Different? Applying Diversity Heuristics to the Evaluation of Collaborative Research

34 Pages Posted: 1 Jun 2019

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Frédérique Bone

University of Sussex - Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU)

Michael M. Hopkins

University of Sussex

Ismael Rafols

Ingenio (CSIC-UPV), Universitat Politècnica de València; Leiden University - Centre for Science and Technology Studies; SPRU (Science Policy Research Unit), University of Sussex

Jordi Molas‐Gallart

Polytechnic University of Valencia - INGENIO

Puay Tang

University of Sussex - Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU)

Gail Davey

University of Sussex - Brighton and Sussex Medical School

Antony M Carr

University of Sussex - School of Life Sciences

Date Written: June 2019

Abstract

Growth in collaborative research raises challenges for those tasked with research evaluation, particularly in situations where outcomes are slow to emerge. This article presents the 'Diversity Approach to Research Evaluation’ (DARE) as a novel way to assess how researchers, engaged in knowledge creation and application, work together as teams. DARE provides two important insights: Firstly it reveals the differences in background and experience between individual team members that can make research collaboration both valuable and challenging; secondly, DARE provides early insights into how these teams are working together. DARE achieves these insights by analysing team diversity and cohesiveness in five dimensions, building on Boschma’s multidimensional concept of proximity. The method we propose combines narratives, maps, and indicators and is broadly applicable to the study of research collaboration. The article introduces the DARE method and pilots a proof-of-concept operationalisation through the study of two grant-funded biomedical research projects led by researchers in the UK. Suggestions for further development of the approach are discussed.

Suggested Citation

Bone, Frédérique and Hopkins, Michael M. and Rafols, Ismael and Molas‐Gallart, Jordi and Tang, Puay and Davey, Gail and Carr, Antony M, Dare to be Different? Applying Diversity Heuristics to the Evaluation of Collaborative Research (June 2019). SWPS 2019-09, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3413034 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3413034

Frédérique Bone (Contact Author)

University of Sussex - Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) ( email )

Brighton, BN1 9SL
United Kingdom

Michael M. Hopkins

University of Sussex ( email )

Sussex House
Falmer
Brighton, Sussex BNI 9RH
United Kingdom

Ismael Rafols

Ingenio (CSIC-UPV), Universitat Politècnica de València ( email )

Camí de Vera s/n, Edif.8E, Univ.Politec.Valencia
València, País Valencià 46022
Spain

Leiden University - Centre for Science and Technology Studies ( email )

Leiden
Netherlands

SPRU (Science Policy Research Unit), University of Sussex ( email )

Brighton
United Kingdom

Jordi Molas‐Gallart

Polytechnic University of Valencia - INGENIO ( email )

Ciudad de la Innovacion
Camin de Vera
Valencia, Valencia 46022
Spain

Puay Tang

University of Sussex - Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) ( email )

Brighton, BN1 9SL
United Kingdom

Gail Davey

University of Sussex - Brighton and Sussex Medical School ( email )

Biology Road
Falmer
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 9PX
United Kingdom

Antony M Carr

University of Sussex - School of Life Sciences ( email )

Sussex House
Falmer
Brighton, Sussex BNI 9RH
United Kingdom

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