DORA Newsletter Dec. 2020

New digital repository: “Reimagining academic career assessment: stories of innovation and change”
DORA is excited to announce “Reimagining academic career assessment: stories of innovation and change,” a new digital repository of case studies examining institutional change for academic career assessment across several global organizations. The repository was created in collaboration with the European University Association (EUA) and SPARC Europe.
While examples of good practice in academic assessment exist, critical details about an institution’s motivation, process, timeframe, and people involved are often lacking. By documenting key elements of institutional change, we hope the new repository will serve as a tool for institutions seeking to review or improve academic career assessment. The cases also illustrate potential pathways for institutional change.
A report co-authored by DORA, EUA, and SPARC Europe that summarizes key findings from the initial 10 cases in the repository will be published in January, and we are planning a joint-webinar to present and discuss the report’s findings. Stay tuned for more!

Fresh look for DORA’s website with a new resource library
We launched a redesigned website  that includes a new resource library. DORA’s ultimate aim is not to accumulate signatures but to promote real change in research assessment. To help you find relevant materials to improve policy and practice, the library is searchable and can be filtered by resource type and intended audience. Please reach out to me with ideas of additional resources DORA should consider (

Updates from virtual funders series
DORA organizes a quarterly virtual meeting for funders of research – public and private – to increase communication about new research assessment policies and practice. On September 23, 2020, Rochelle Fritch and Laura Mackey presented Science Foundation Ireland’s (SFI) ongoing work to develop a narrative CV format for its funding mechanisms. Read our blog post for a summary of the discussion.
The next funder discussion will take place Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 11:00 AM EST| 5:00 PM CET with presentations by representatives from the Luxembourg National Research Fund and National Science Centre in Poland. If you are a research funder interested in updates on new research assessment policies and practices, please reach out to me (

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