CEDARS to replace CROS and PIRLS integrating two surveys in one - February 2020

CEDARS to replace CROS and PIRLS integrating two surveys in one - February 2020

CEDARS to replace CROS and PIRLS

Vitae is delighted to confirm that the Culture, Employment and Development in Academic Research Survey (CEDARS) has been developed to replace the former Careers in Research Online Survey (CROS) and Principal Investigators & Research Leaders Survey (PIRLS).

CEDARS integrates questions from the CROS and PIRLS surveys with new questions reflecting the Principles of the revised Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers, incorporating the environment, culture, professional development and employment of research staff and the experiences of their managers.

Dr Janet Metcalfe, Head of Vitae said: “The development of CEDARS is timely in response to the revised Principles of the Researcher Development Concordat and brings the opportunity to explore new themes such as how researchers experience the research culture and the associated responsibilities of managers of researchers.

The survey will be fundamental in establishing a UK baseline for implementing the Concordat and will enable institutions to measure their own progress and impact.”

Dr Richard Freeman, Steering Group member & Associate Professor in Doctoral Education, University College London commented: “The new and concise CEDARS question set will yield more relevant data and can be targeted at a broader community of respondents alongside the core audiences of research staff and managers of researchers. The single experience survey should also alleviate the amount of administration involved.”

CEDARS is managed and supported by Vitae together with the (formerly CROS/PIRLS) Steering Group.

The survey will be available for Vitae Member institutions to run from March 2020. To be included in the UK analysis and reporting, institutional surveys should close by end of May 2020. To register your interest in running CEDARS in 2020, please reply to CEDARS@vitae.ac.uk 

Read more about CEDARS

Read the prospective question set here 

Read about the former CROS and PIRLS surveys