Journal article

Referees or sponsors? The role of evaluators in the promotion of research scientists in a public research organization

M Glennie, M O'Donnell, M Brown, J Benson

Research Evaluation | Oxford University Press (OUP) | Published : 2019


Evaluators play a central role in assessments of researchers' performance for reward, but the nature of their role and influence is not well understood. Ongoing reliance on evaluator judgement is typically justified as a need for referees in contests for reward, because quantitative performance measures alone can be subject to distortion. Yet, if evaluators are able to privately establish or interpret the performance standards utilized in evaluation, it may inhibit equality of opportunity, limit applicant pools, and reinforce existing inequalities. This article untangles the different roles played by evaluators through the development of a typology of systems of performance evaluation from e..

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