Governance of Public Research

Toward Better Practices

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This report deals with public sector research. It provides a comprehensive review of the challenges that call for changes in the governance of OECD countries’ science systems. It highlights emerging policy responses developed in these countries indicating better practices to deal with the challenges, and draws policy lessons that can inspire the reform process. Supporting chapters provide detailed descriptions and analyses of the structures of science systems, the procedures for priority setting, the changes to funding, and the management of human resources in R&D.

English Also available in: Chinese, French

Executive Summary

In the 1990s, science systems in nearly all OECD countries experienced increasing pressures for change. These pressures reflect new challenges that go beyond the important issue of ensuring sustained funding for the research enterprise as a whole and should be addressed within the broader perspective of the governance of science systems, which encompasses wider concerns related to the decision-making processes governing priority setting, the allocation of funds to the public research sector, the management of research institutions and the assessment of their performance in terms of contribution to knowledge creation, economic growth and responses to societal needs...

English Also available in: French

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