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    Assessing & Communicating the Value of Biomedical Research

    Biomedical research positively affects society in many ways, but traditional metrics used to assess the impact of research focus on outcomes that are mainly of interest to the academic community. In early 2013, the AAMC, in collaboration with RAND Europe, initiated a program to help communicate the full value of biomedical research and respond to increasing expectations for accountability and transparency in the use of research funds.

    This report is the culmination of that partnership and presents 100 ideas for metrics that can be used to assess and communicate the value of biomedical research. The metrics were identified and selected over the course of the collaboration.

    New Publications in Academic Medicine

    Background Research

    Measuring Research: A Guide to Research Evaluation Frameworks and Tools is a systematic review of existing approaches to research evaluation created by experts at RAND. A research brief accompanied the report.

    Following the report, three panels of key research leaders (PDF) is basic, clinical outcomes, and health equity research met to discuss how evaluation tools and framework could be tailored to work within a variety of institutional structures, missions, and disciplines. The resulting workshops produced a more streamlined set of proposed tools and metrics that matter to a broader set of research stakeholders.

    To verify and build on the insights of the expert panelists, the AAMC and RAND consulted with community members, research administrators, and legislators. This third effort validated the panelists' findings and contributed novel insights (PDF) on ways to improve the assessment and communication of biomedical research.