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The uses and evaluation of researchers’ narrative CVs
The use of narrative CVs is growing rapidly across research systems, as part of a wider shift towards responsible research assessment. Narrative CVs are meant to complement traditional CV formats, allowing researchers to offer textual accounts of their accomplishments and professional trajectories.
This is intended to discourage overreliance on purely quantitative comparison and reductive shortcuts in peer review for funding, hiring, promotions and other evaluative decisions. Ideally, narrative CVs can help to diversify criteria of success and achievement, thereby diversifying the research workforce and creating more openness towards different career trajectories.
At the same time, little is known about how such novel formats will affect evaluative practices and what practical challenges may arise from wider uptake and implementation. This project is designed to provide research funders and policymakers with evidence and analytical insights to facilitate the design and use of narrative CV formats.
Building on earlier scoping by DORA, the partners involved in the NARRATIVES project have aligned in identifying three modules of greatest interest to the group.
The NARRATIVES project steering group is chaired by Michaela Strinzel (Swiss National Science Foundation).
Project partners include:
Helen Buckley Woods
The NARRATIVES project will run for two years, to mid-2025. Its outputs will include: