Scientometrics Conducive to Management of
- Masashi SHIRABE
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology
- （1）Through interaction among practitioners (e.g., program officers, managers, and staff) in funding agencies and researchers, we aim to boost their mutual understanding and to develop a network for fostering collaborative work among practitioners, scientometricians, and researchers in related disciplines.
- （2）By matching research seeds to needs suggested by practitioners based on mutual understanding, we aim to propose scientometric approaches and tools practitioners can use in their business. Our target themes for research and development are as follows.
- (2-1) Evaluation indicators to clarify selection processes of research applications
- (2-2) Science maps to meet needs of policy makers
- (2-3) Tracking and evaluation of research projects from the viewpoint of human resource management
- (2-4) Methods for evaluation of funding programs and program management
In the management of funding programs in Japan, mainly the empirical knowledge of researchers and staff have been used in their design, and the expertise of researchers has been used through peer reviews in selecting applications. Thus, objective evidence has not been utilized sufficiently in their management. Accordingly, this project aims to produce 1) scientometric outputs (i.e., methodologies and data available for management of funding programs) as an academic goal, and 2) a network for fostering collaborative work among practitioners and researchers in STI policy contexts as a practical goal.
Specifically, the project will develop (1) evaluation indicators to clarify the selection processes of research applications, (2) science maps to meet the needs of policy makers, and (3) methods for tracking and evaluating research projects from the viewpoint of human resource management. Furthermore, using these results and existing methods, (4) we will develop methods for evaluation of funding programs and program management. In addition to these research activities, in order to implement these results in society, (5) we will continually organize workshops to boost mutual understanding between practitioners in funding agencies and researchers. The workshops are designed to develop a network for fostering collaborative work among practitioners, scientometricians, and researchers in related disciplines.