DORA Survey of Research Assessment Practices in U.S. Institutions


Are you currently employed as a senior administrator (e.g., President, Provost, Vice-Provost, Dean, Department head), researcher, or librarian at a research institute in the United States? Do you have experience with research assessment practices within your institute?

If so, DORA invites you to complete our survey about faculty (assistant, associate, or full professor) hiring, promoting, and tenure practices within your institute.

About the survey

This survey aims to gain a broad understanding of the current state-of-the-art in the context of faculty hiring, promotion, and tenure decisions in U.S. research institutes, as well as institutional attitudes and approaches to research assessment reform. The results of the survey are expected to inform research about the current state of the art and to surface material to populate an online dashboard resource for tracking innovative research assessment practices, for instance initiatives to recognize open research, research integrity, societal impact, or equity and inclusion in faculty hiring, promotion, and tenure processes.

This survey has received ethical approval from the Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Leiden University. Answers you provide will not be attributable to you as an individual. Upon completion of the research, data from the survey will be made publicly available online and findings will inform research publications in open access journals and reports, and will also be used to support ongoing efforts to build an online dashboard that maps research assessment reform activities.

The survey is part of Tools to Advance Research Assessment (Project TARA), a collaboration between DORA, Illinois Institute of Technology, and Leiden University, the Netherlands. Project TARA is made possible through generous funding provided by Arcadia – a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin.

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