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SP3: 2018-19 RESULTS

REACH AND TAKE-UP OF STANDARDS AND GUIDANCE OUTSIDE OF AIATSIS

MEASURE AND TARGET

2017–18

2018–19

OUTCOME %

Reach and take up of best practice in research—approvals

25

33

Target for this measure

+50%

+50%

+32%

Guidelines for Ethical Research in Australian Indigenous Studies (GERAIS)—downloads

12 546

17 384

+39%

Collections access and use policy—

downloads

1 350

624

–54%

Ethical Publishing Guidelines —

downloads

1 292

1 352

+5%

Target for this measure

+100%

+100%

+27%

QUALITY AND EFFICIENCY OF RESEARCH OUTPUTS

MEASURE AND TARGET

2017–18

2018–19

OUTCOME %

Staff publications—number

65

27

–75%

Staff presentations—number

76

64

–16%

Externally funded research projects—number

16

14

Size of grants and research contracts—

revenue

$3 119 000

$2 407 150

–23%

Target for this measure

+10%

+10%

Revenue from research activities—income investment ratio

1:2.8

1:1.2

+225%

Staff publications—per researcher

3.25

2.18

–33%

Staff presentations—per researcher

3.8

3.0

–21%

Target for this measure

6

6

52%

ENGAGEMENT AND IMPACT OF OUTPUTS

2017–18

2018–19

OUTCOME %

Research partnerships—number

39

42

Target for this measure

+2%

+2%

+7%

Research impact assessments—number

5

2

COMPLETION OF RESEARCH CONTRACTS

2017–18

2018–19

OUTCOME %

Contracts completed on time

100%

100%

Target for this measure

100%

100%

100%

ANALYSIS

AIATSIS’ work to share and lead through evidence-based research continued through the Native Title Research Unit’s ongoing program of activity. While planning in 2018– 19 was only in the early stages, the allocation of funding for the Indigenous Research Exchange provides an unrivalled opportunity for AIATSIS to work with its extensive community, research and policy networks to aggregate and use Indigenous research and identify gaps and priorities.

The review of GERAIS, which is being put out for public consultation early in July 2019, will build on ongoing growth in awareness and use of the guidelines. Downloads of GERAIS increased by 38.56 per cent, below the goal of 50 per cent but nevertheless significant. This should be considered in light of last year’s massive growth. In 2018–19 there were 17 384 downloads, compared to 12 546 in 2017–18 and only 4604 in 2016–

17. Take-up of GERAIS may be approaching saturation among Indigenous research institutions, organisations and groups. Appropriate future targets will need to be determined in light of the new Code for Ethical Conduct in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research.

Ethics approvals from the AIATSIS Research Ethics Committee increased by 32 per cent. This was a direct result of the Research Ethics Committee secretariat pre-assessing ethics applications before review by the committee. Opportunities to promote AIATSIS’ ethics services more widely also resulted in an increased uptake of ethics applications. AIATSIS worked closely with the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet as part of its provision of ethics services, extending the influence of AIATSIS ethics standards to government program evaluations.

The total number of publications and presentations declined. The decline in the number of publications is partly due to the transition of the What’s New in Native Title? monthly publication into the single ongoing Native Title Law Database. In addition, a number of multiyear projects that will produce research outputs in later phases were in their start-up phase this year.

Research revenue was down in 2018–19, reflecting the fact that AIATSIS did not host a national conference during the year—usually a significant attractor of sponsorship. Nevertheless, the ratio of revenue to investment for research continued to demonstrate a proportional return through co-investment. The number of research partnerships increased, due to the initiation of significant new projects—the Dictionaries Project, Return of Cultural Heritage, and the Indigenous Research Exchange, all funded through government appropriation.