- 1 Open and Responsible Researcher Reward and Recognition (OR4)
- 1.1 Lead
- 1.2 Background and scope
- 1.3 Aim
- 1.4 Goals
- 1.5 Communications and engagement
- 1.6 Current position
Open and Responsible Researcher Reward and Recognition (OR4)UKRN Open Research Programme
Candy Rowe, University of Newcastle
Background and scope
The Programme aim is to accelerate the uptake of high quality open research practices. The Center for Open Science theory of change highlights five types of action that can promote change. This project is focused on making open research rewarded and, in particular, making it rewarded via the recruitment, promotion, and other recognition activities at institutions that employ researchers.
This project will reform the ways in which institutions recruit, promote and appraise their staff, to better reward open research practices.
Intervention outputs and outcomes
- By Dec 23, resources published to support institutions reforming research assessment recognising open research, leading to case studies and others taking informed, consistent and measurable steps by Sep 25.
- By Mar 24, report published on current recognition practice and its effects on open research, leading to more targeted resources and better supported institutions / case studies by Mar 25 and input into UKRN and institutional reporting by Aug 27.
Evaluation objective and output
- By Aug 26, report published providing evidence on the extent to which the project aim was met.
|Description and contribution to [outputs and outcomes]
|1. Institutional activity / requirements survey
|A survey of UK institutions about the current state of institutional responsible researcher assessment and reward and recognition for open research, as well as any activities to reform this and requirements for supporting resources and tools, deployed in 2023 and 2026 to help build a picture of institutional progress and evolving needs across the UK sector and provide data to input into dashboards and reporting tools.
|2. Case studies and community of practice
|Case study institutions will agree provide data on their progress, sharing documentation pertaining to institutional activity and policy, and input and feedback on the OR4 tools and resources. A larger group of institutions will be recruited to form a community of practice, and will pilot the OR4 tools and resources, and share good practice and experience with others, but will not receive the same level of support as the full case study institutions
|3. Communications and Events
|Events will be held to promote the resources and tool, and to summarise the project, publicise and promote the project outputs, showcase progress and share good practice and lessons. Wider communications activities will be pursued between the events.
|4. Landscape review
|A landscape review report providing an overview of initiatives, resources and tools will be produced. The report will be used to develop the online curated list of initiatives, resources and tools, which will be maintained throughout the project.
|5. Maturity framework, tool and guide
|A maturity framework, institutional self-assessment tool and associated guide will be developed to enable institutions to produce a current status maturity assessment and help them to plan institutional development and progress up the maturity scale.
Schedule and relations between activities
Dependencies with other projects in the Programme
The ‘Management and sustainability’ project provides leadership, adequate resources, communications and other relevant support to the project.
The Programme website (an output from the ‘Sharing and integrating’ project) should host the project outputs in a way that enables institutions to share and learn from related practice.
The ‘Evaluation design’ project should provide insight into researchers’ experiences of recognition and reward for open research practices at their institution.
Ideally, the ‘Training’ project would produce instructor training to build institutional capacity to meet the project aim.
The ‘Reward and recognition”, “Training” and “Integration and sharing” projects are all supporting communities of practice, and coordination will be needed.
Communications and engagement
Events will be organised to enable staff at case study and other institutions to develop into a community of practice.
As of November 2023, the OR4 group has implemented changes to the project plan following a consultation with the Advisory Group, and has published its first annual progress report (see below).
The institutional survey on current researcher reward and recognition practices was disseminated to participating UK universities in June 2023. We had very detailed responses from 60 institutions, which we are now analysing with a view to publishing a report in March 2024.
A total of 14 full case study institutions and an additional 30 institutions forming a wider community of practice have been recruited. The case study and community of practice institutions are listed below and the project team have started engaging with and supporting the institutions from Autumn 2023. This strand of work will:
• Pilot resources, including a management toolkit comprising a maturity framework, self assessment tool and related guidance.
• Track implementation of reform in UK institutions over the course of the OR4 project
• Foster a national community and facilitate sharing of practice
• Provide supportive engagement with case study institutions during their reform journeys and with the wider community of practice
• Engage internationally with related initiatives and expert stakeholders (e.g., the OR4 international advisory group)
Nottingham Trent University
Queen’s University Belfast
Sheffield Hallam University
University of Bristol
University of Derby
University of East Anglia
University of Leeds
University of Liverpool
University of Reading
University of Suffolk
University of Sunderland
University of Leicester
Community of Practice:
Anglia Ruskin University
Bath Spa University
Brunel University London
CRUK Scotland Institute
King’s College London
Leeds Beckett University
Liverpool Hope University
Liverpool John Moores University
Manchester Metropolitan University
Queen Mary University of London
Royal College of Music
The School of Advanced Study, UoL
University of Birmingham
University of Cambridge
University of Central Lancashire
University of Dundee
University of Plymouth
University of Portsmouth
University of Salford
University of the West of Scotland
University of Warwick
University of York