It has been suggested, as an article written in the Nature journal back in April discusses, that a more sensible approach is t o allocate funds based upon evidence; that is, to fund what is proven to work, and cut what funding to failed initiatives. In fact it appears as though the US government is taking this route in order to fund all programmes within the sciences. From the April budget, it is made clear all branches need to follow six core practices:
- Frequent measurement of performance and other indicators;
- On-going analysis;
- Use of evidence in decision-making;
- Data-driven reviews; and
- Information dissemination that is timely, accessible, and user-friendly.