Evaluating Quality Practice-Led Research: Still a Moving Target?
Curtin University of Technology
Faculty of Education and Arts
School of Communications and Arts
This paper compares and contrasts the evaluative regimes of the UK's Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) and Australia's (forthcoming) Research Quality Framework (RQF). It considers their foreseeable futures; and the fact that each framework is scheduling a 2008 data collection and evaluation. Interestingly, the shared commitment to evaluating the quality of research has, in both countries, opened a space for consideration of 'non-traditional research outputs', including those created by practice-led research in the Creative and Performing Arts. In the UK this recognition has led to the inclusion of practice-led research in the RAE since 1996; in Australia such recognition is about to happen for the first time in a sustained and rigorous way.