Project TARA

Tools to Advance Research Assessment (TARA) is a project to facilitate the development of new policies and practices for academic career assessment.

Dashboard
An interactive online dashboard that tracks criteria and standards academic institutions use for hiring, review, promotion, and tenure around the world.

Toolkit
A toolkit of resources informed by the academic community to support academic institutions working to improve policy and practice. 

Survey
A survey of U.S. academic institutions to gain a broad understanding of institutional attitudes and approaches to research assessment reform.

Project TARA is supported by a generous three-year grant from Arcadia, a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin. It will help DORA identify, understand, and make visible the criteria and standards universities use to make hiring, promotion, and tenure decisions. This information will be used to create resources and practical guidance on research assessment reform for academic and scholarly institutions.

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Project timeline

     Dashboard          Toolkit          Survey

2021
Jul. 2021

Funding received

DORA is awarded a three-year, $1.2M grant from Arcadia, a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin.

Sep. 2021

First Project TARA community call: dashboard scoping event

DORA holds its first community call to gather feedback from the community about the development of and criteria to be included in the TARA dashboard.

Oct. 2021
Oct. 2021

Identify source material for the dashboard

Through Nov. 2021: Collect resources to be included in the dashboard.

Nov. 19, 2021: Second Project TARA community call: sprint to gather insight on materials to be included in the dashboard

Nov. 2021
Dec. 2021
Dec. 2021
2022
Jan. 2022
Mar. 2022
Mar. 2022
Mar. 2022
May. 2022
May. 2022

Refine toolkit resources

Through Jun. 2022.

Jun. 2022

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Project TARA team

  • Stephen Curry, DORA
  • Anna Hatch, DORA
  • Haley Hazlett, DORA
  • Sarah de Rijcke, Center for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) at Leiden University
  • Alex Rushforth, Center for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) at Leiden University
  • Ruth Schmidt, Institute of Design at the Illinois Institute of Technology
  • 4Site Studios