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Promise and productivity : an analysis of the submission and funding of proposals to the Criminology Research Council and their contributions to publication and policy

Introduction

Since its inception in 1973 the Criminology Research Council has been responsible for encouraging, supporting and monitoring research related to criminology in Australia. Of the 1005 research proposals have been submitted to the CRC, 294 have been funded. This report examines and summarises the characteristics of those proposals submitted between 1988 and 2002, the characteristics of the investigators who submitted these proposals, the characteristics of the institutions from which these proposals emanated, and the research productivity of these proposals. This report also summarises the degree to which scholars cite the 'Trends and issues in crime and criminal justice' series, published by the Australian Institute of Criminology, as an example of the effectiveness with which the CRC charter to support dissemination of information on research in criminology. The analyses in this report examined whether any biases had occurred regarding the characteristics of proposals, investigators or institutions. In addition, the analyses evaluated the effectiveness with which research proposals submitted to the CRC led to publications, as an indicator of research productivity. The report also considers whether social policy has been generated by research funded by the CRC.

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