Evaluation Report on JCI

From 1989 until 1995/96, three of the UK research councils -- the ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council), the MRC (Medical Research Council), and the SERC (later renamed EPSRC: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) -- ran a special Joint Council Initiative (JCI) in Cognitive Science and Human-Computer Interaction with a budget of 12m pounds.

Evaluation final report

As part of the JCI, the research councils commissioned an evaluation of the Initiative. The Final Report of that evaluation is available, entitled The Evaluation of the Joint Council Initiative (JCI) in Cognitive Science and Human-Computer Interaction.

A number of the appendices are also available, including a report from an international Peer Review Panel (David Rumelhart, John Carroll, Clayton Lewis, William Newman, Mark Steedman).

You can obtain copies of the Final Report by requesting them from Technopolis Ltd:
Technopolis Ltd
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Brighton BN1 1EE

Tel: +44 (0)1273 204 320
Fax: +44 (0)1273 747299

The reports are also available on-line, in PDF format: both the final report itself, and the appendices.

Keeping one's distance . . .

If you request the final report from Technopolis, you will receive with it a letter from the research councils, distancing themselves from certain aspects of the report.

If you wish to see it, that letter too is available on-line (in either HTML or RTF format).

Interestingly, the final report in turn, but rather more politely, disclaims responsibility for the Peer Review Panel's report.

A personal opinion

If I may add a few personal views: Normally, one might expect this kind of management-oriented evaluation, with its emphasis on spend profiles and attainment of objectives, to be about as dull as an accountant's report on the corner grocery store.

Such is not the case, however, for this report. Indeed, parts of it can only be described as red hot, with phrases being thrown around such as "missed opportunity", "grossly deficient financial information and support functions", "erroneous information", "dubious calculations", and "flawed programme management, administation and support".

I found particularly interesting

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