Policy Forum

Peer Review: The Appropriate GPRA Metric for Research

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Science  01 Aug 1997:
Vol. 277, Issue 5326, pp. 651
DOI: 10.1126/science.277.5326.651

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The implementation of the Government Performance and Results Act, whose aim is to improve the accountability of government-funded programs in the United States, could have far-reaching effects on scientific research. Concerns that the ability to do revolutionary research may be compromised by the increased emphasis on short-term measurable goals are discussed. An alternative strategy that could safeguard the open-ended needs of research and allow appropriate oversight is presented.