CSIRO’s Core Research and Services Program covers a range of non-Flagship research portfolios and capabilities which target improvements in industry, the environment and community wellbeing through the provision of advice, information and solutions.

In 2011–12, CSIRO’s five Research Groups delivered new and improved technologies, management systems, intermediate and final products, catalyst services for business, advice relevant to policy development, and new knowledge and skills through a range of portfolios. These portfolios accounted for 43.2 per cent of total resources. The Research Groups are also responsible for the development and nurturing of research capability, ensuring the excellence of CSIRO’s science and its relevance to current emerging needs.

Core Research and Services – Program performance

The performance of CSIRO’s Core Research and Services Program is assessed through four key performance indicators. Table 2.8 provides a summary of progress with more detailed analysis and trend data following the Table.

TABLE 2.8: PERFORMANCE INDICATORS FOR PROGRAM 2 – CORE RESEARCH AND SERVICES

TABLE 2.8: PERFORMANCE INDICATORS FOR PROGRAM 2 – CORE RESEARCH AND SERVICES
Key performance indicator Target Performance

Demonstrated adoption and impact of core research outputs.

Growing economic, social, environmental and intangible benefits

Recent achievements from each of the five Research Groups are reported on pages 46-55 of the 2011-12 CSIRO annual report, which is available in PDF or RTF format in the Downloads section.

The number of refereed Core Research publications1.

Maintain or increase

In 2011, CSIRO maintained a high output of refereed core research publications, with journal articles increasing by 7.6 per cent from the previous year (more on pages 40–43 of the 2011-12 CSIRO annual report, which is available in PDF or RTF format in the Downloads section).

Customer Satisfaction.

Maintained

A customer satisfaction survey trial was conducted in
2011–12. A baseline against which we will track performance will be established in 2012–13 (more on page 20 of the 2011-12 CSIRO annual report, which is available in PDF or RTF format in the Downloads section).

Science excellence in CSIRO research capabilities as assessed through a rolling program of rigorous peer review.

Maintain or increase

2012 saw the second round of Divisional Science Assessment Reviews completed. The aggregated results showed the impact of CSIRO’s science excellence was maintained, with ratings by the panels of peers for the majority of themes being strong or favourable (more on pages 44–45 of the 2011-12 CSIRO annual report, which is available in PDF or RTF format in the Downloads section).

For the full program detail, please refer to Part two: Our performance of the 2011-12 CSIRO annual report, which is available in PDF or RTF format in the Downloads section.

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