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EVAL2014: Automated Research Impact Assessment  

10-27-2014 09:17

Presented in Session 1277. As federal programs are held more accountable for their research investments, The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) has developed a new method to quantify the impact of our funded research. In this paper, we will review traditional bibliometric analyses, address challenges associated with these measures, and describe a new bibliometric analysis method. We propose that there is a resource available for bibliometrics that has not been tapped to assess impacts: references cited in "important" research artifacts. Such artifacts include policies, regulations, clinical guidelines, expert panel reports, and more. We have created new statistics that science managers at can use to benchmark the contributions to research by funding source and are building on demand capacity to do so within SPIRES (the Scientific Publication Information Retrieval & Evaluation System). Using three case studies relevant to NIEHS, we will discuss the potential of this method to better enable automated impact analysis of federal research and subsequent program evaluation.

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