Australian Research Council Corporate Plan 2021–22


FIGURE 5: The ARC Performance Cycle

The ARC‘s performance measures are an integral component of the ARC Performance Cycle (Figure 5) and are designed to demonstrate the effectiveness and efficiency of the ARC’s work in funding the highest quality research, assessing the quality, engagement and impact of research and providing advice on research matters. The ARC recognises the importance of reliable and relevant performance information, designed to illustrate the agency’s success in achieving its purpose of contributing to the growth of knowledge and innovation for the benefit of Australia. The underpinning logic of the ARC’s performance measurement framework is represented at Figure 6. This figure outlines the relationship between the ARC’s capabilities, activities and outcomes, and captures the organisational logic underpinning the development of the ARC’s performance measures. The ARC’s performance outcomes may be influenced by factors beyond its control which are considered in its risk management strategies. The corporate plan also includes relevant performance indicators that have been valuable for tracking activities in areas such as the composition of the research workforce. The ARC supports and encourages a diverse workforce with indicators used to provide trend data across multiple years and contributing to informing policy changes.


Evaluating performance and identifying improvements

Selecting performance measures

Performance Reporting

Analysing and reporting on performance

Conducting actvities

Monitoring and assessing performance



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