The audit era and organisational learning – benchmarking and impact
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This chapter presents an overview of the thinking underpinning the benchmarking activity and an overview of the learning which occurred in different regions. Benchmarking relies on the comparison of statistical data about various dimensions of organisational performance. There has been an increased research activity on benchmarking in higher education. Facilitating learning within universities and regions has been a key theme of the chapter, which has suggested that 'learning' rather than audit is the valuable dimension of efforts at benchmarking across the higher education sector. The PASCAL Universities and Regional Engagement (PURE) project uses university and regional benchmarking instruments to complement the more directly qualitative processes of Consultative Development Groups (CDGs) and associated project activities. The regional benchmarking instrument required regional stakeholders to consider their achievement in a number of areas that are central to regional development.

A new imperative

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