Onward the Management of Science: The Wooldridge Report

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Science  11 Jun 1965:
Vol. 148, Issue 3676, pp. 1433-1439
DOI: 10.1126/science.148.3676.1433


Progress is being made, undoubtedly, in the development of mechanisms for assessing federal science operations. One must conclude, however, that the Wooldridge Committee approach does not serve as a model for the future. The committee did not avoid built-in biases of interested parties in selecting its advisory panels. It did not publish the criteria it used in making assessments of research performance. It did not propose alternative actions. It did not provide adequate documentation either to support its own findings and recommendations or to enable readers to make independent assessments.