Chapter 2: The Quality Evaluation measure
2.1The Quality Evaluation measure accounts for 60 percent of the total funds allocated through the PBRF each year. The Quality Evaluation process uses expert peer-review panels to assess research quality, based on material contained in individual researchers’ Evidence Portfolios (EPs). Quality Evaluations were held in 2003 and 2006, and the scores from the latter are currently used in the funding calculation. The interim report on the 2012 Quality Evaluation provides a refreshed picture of the quality and strengths of research in the sector, with the 2012 performance data updating the ratios for the allocation of this measure for 2013 allocations onwards. For 2011 allocations, 2006 and 2012 Quality Evaluation results still apply. The interim report will be finalised in August 2013, after the complaints process has been completed.
2.2Funding in relation to the Quality Evaluation is based on:
- quality categories assigned to EPs;
- funding weightings for the subject area to which EPs have been assigned; and
- Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) status of PBRF-eligible staff as at the date of the PBRF Census.