On Performance-Based Funding of Research and Higher Education

20.02.2008
The primary objectives of performance-based funding of research and higher education are improved efficiency, accountability and quality. A new report investigates the relationships between the state and higher education institutions by looking into the state funding policies in five countries with performance-based funding, among these are Finland and Denmark.
The report “The politics of steering by numbers : debating performance-based funding in Europe” is funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research, and conducted and published by NIFU STEP.

NordForsk presents the report’s main theme and problems for discussion, and provides a link to the full text version of the publication.


[The politics of steering by numbers] describes the allocation mechanisms for funding from the state to the higher education institutions (HEIs). These are not merely technicalities; rather they are instruments designed to contribute to fulfilling research and higher education policy objectives. [This report] discusses concerns relating to the objectives of improved efficiency, accountability and quality which are also linked to the new social contract for research.

[The report] asks: How is direct public funding for higher education allocated from the state to HEIs? Which are the primary objectives of the changing funding policies? What implementation problems and pitfalls are there?



Download the report “The politics of steering by numbers : Debating performance-based funding in Europe” here.


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