There are a number of ways to evaluate individuals’ performance and productivity in the workplace, including self-assessments, peer-to-peer feedback, and manager-to-staff performance reviews.
In academia, especially for individuals with research-intensive jobs, evaluating performance is (usually) based on the number and size of research grants ($$$) as well as the number and quality of publications. This makes the process fairly easy since the metrics are obvious — in general, the more the better. Also, comparing an individual’s performance year-over-year is straight-forward, enabling comparisons between the current and the historical.
At UAlberta, the Grant Assist Program (GAP) was designed to help researchers be as successful as possible in securing research funding from our primary national funding agencies, including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Among the resources circulated recently by the GAP were two papers of “Top 10” tips for achieving success in grant writing and publishing. Whether you’re an emerging or established researcher, some of the tips in these papers might help you to boost your performance.