There are numerous metrics applied that indicate research performance. When considering performance, we are always interested to consider what impact our activities may have had, how policy and practice may have been influenced as a result of our research. Impact can be challenging to measure and meaningful indicators of impact generally can only be measured some time after the research has occurred.
More immediate indicators of performance are found through looking at measures of inputs and outputs, more specifically, the sector annually monitors research income, research publications and creative works, student load and completions statistics. This information is reported annually to the government in the Higher Education Research Data Collection (HERDC).
Charles Sturt University has concentrations of research activity across a diverse range of fields and disciplines as well as inter- and cross-disciplinary research. In the 2010 Excellence in Research for Australia exercise (ERA2010), there was sufficient volume of research achievement evident for assessment to occur for 52 fields of research. A representation of CSU's submission to ERA2010 is available here (internal only).
We will progressively be adding additional information to this site in relation to CSU Research targets and progress towards them, as well as the types of indicators of performance that are monitored both internally and externally.
What is CRO?
CRO (CSU Research Output) is the CSU Institutional Repository and contains research articles (predominantly journal articles, conference papers, books and book chapters) as well as creative works produced by CSU staff . The Repository is the source of submissions for the annual HERDC collection, the CSU Creative Works register, and ERA.
- For general background about CRO and information on institutional repositories, see: FAQs: General Information.
- To deposit to CRO, click on: CRO – CSU Research Output
What is the HERDC?
The Higher Education Research Data Collection (HERDC) is an annual government reporting requirement, comprising research data (income and publications) from all Australian tertiary institutions. The data collected is used to determine funding allocations to the tertiary sector.
What is ERA?
ERA (Excellence in Research for Australia) is a research assessment initiative being conducted by the Australian Research Council (ARC). At CSU, CRO is the authoritative source of information on research outputs, including journal articles, books, conference papers, chapters, and creative works. All research outputs by eligible CSU researchers must be in CRO when the next ERA assessment occurs.