Rethinking Research Assessment: Debiasing Committee Composition and Deliberative Processes

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This is part of DORA’s toolkit of resources to support academic institutions that are improving their policies and practices. Find the other resources in the toolkit here.

Debiasing Committee Composition and Deliberative Processes is a one-page brief that identifies strategies for including more perspectives and reducing biases in the evaluation processes for hiring, promotion, tenure, and funding decisions. This tool includes ideas for building trust through transparency, taking a portfolio view to decision-making, fostering a diversity of opinion that invites all viewpoints, and expanding possibilities beyond historical norms. This tool would be of particular interest for those who organize or participate in panels for hiring, promotion, tenure, or funding decisions. 

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This tool was developed as a part of Tools to Advance Research Assessment (TARA), a project to facilitate the development of new policies and practices for academic career assessment. Project TARA is supported Arcadia, a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin.