HERAVALUE: measuring the wider value of arts and humanities research


HERAVALUE considers the persistent failure amongst government, universities, learned societies and societal stakeholders to develop performance measures which can quantify or capture the impacts that arts and humanities research (A&HR) has upon society.

HERAVALUE argues that this failure to achieve an explicit agreement – which is very damaging to arts and humanities disciplines – is underlain by a dissonance in the implicit ways in which these groups regard the value of arts & humanities.

HERAVALUE therefore begins from these implicit valuations to explore ‘what matters’ to different groups about arts & humanities research, and from that to explore whether there is common ground around which a consensus of this value lies.

The research project builds a conceptual framework for A&HR valorization, tests this framework with empirical evidence, and explores the utility of methodological approaches for better capturing ‘what matters’ to arts and humanities research.

HERAVALUE is being delivered by an international consortium of three partners, the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS) at the University of Twente, Netherlands, the Higher Education Policy Research Unit (HEPRU) at the Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland, and the Norwegian Institute for Studies in Innovation, Research and Education (NIFU‑STEP).

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The project HERAVALUE is financially supported by the HERA Joint Research Programme which is co-funded by AHRC, AKA, DASTI, ETF, FNR, FWF, HAZU, IRCHSS, MHEST, NWO, RANNIS, RCN, VR and The European Community FP7 2007-2013, under the Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities programme.

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