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Performance-based Research Funding in Denmark: The Adoption and Translation of the Norwegian Model

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  • Kaare Aagaard

The main goal of this study is to outline and analyze the Danish adoption and translation of the Norwegian Publication Indicator. The study takes the form of a policy analysis mainly drawing on document analysis of policy papers, previously published studies and grey literature. The study highlights a number of crucial factors that relate both to the Danish process and to the final Danish result underscoring that the Danish BFI model is indeed a quite different system than its Norwegian counterpart. One consequence of these process-and design differences is the fact that the broader legitimacy of the Danish BFI today appears to be quite poor. Reasons for this include: unclear and shifting objectives throughout the process; limited willingness to take ownership of the model among stakeholders; lack of communication throughout the implementation process and an apparent underestimation of the challenges associated with the use of bibliometric indicators. The conclusions of the study are based on the authors' interpretation of a long drawn and complex process with many different stakeholders involved. The format of this article does not allow for a detailed documentation of all elements, but further details can be provided upon request. The analysis may feed into current policy discussions on the future of the Danish BFI. Some elements of the present analysis have previously been published in Danish outlets, but this article represents the first publication on this issue targeting a broader international audience.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Data and Information Science
Pages (from-to)20-30
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2018

    Research areas

  • Bibliometrics, Norwegian Model, Performance based funding

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