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.
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:
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Brighton BN1 1EE
Tel: +44 (0)1273 204 320
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.
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".
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