Rethinking Research Assessment: Unintended Cognitive and Systems Biases

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DORA is developing a toolkit of resources to help academic institutions improve their policies and practices. So far, it includes two briefing documents that offer principles to guide institutional change and strategies to address the infrastructural implications of common cognitive biases to increase equity.

Unintended Cognitive and Systems Biases identifies seven personal biases that can influence hiring, promotion, and tenure decisions. It also reveals four institutional and infrastructural implications of these biases and provides strategies to develop new institutional conditions that reduce bias. Additional context for the brief is provided in a four-part blog post series.