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Organisational Capacity for impact

Strategies for supporting impact and building capacity

Research impact has many definitions and is described broadly as all the diverse ways that research benefits individuals, organisations and nations through increasing effectiveness of public services and policy, improving quality of life and health, or economic benefits. As with translation, many terms are being used to refer to the concept of research impact. These include research ‘benefit’, ‘payback’, ‘translation’, ‘transfer’, ‘uptake’ and ‘utilisation’. 

It is necessary and important to define research impact and to distinguish between ‘academic impact’, considered to be the research knowledge contribution to a field of study within academia, and ‘non-academic impact’, impacts that go beyond academia. 

Research impact is the contribution that research makes to the economy, society, environment or culture, beyond the contribution to academic research. (Australian Research Council)

Impact is a complicated and messy topic that is being tackled by research organisations globally. Of note, we must understand and support both impact planning, for grant applications, and impact assessment.

If you would like to better understand impact and how to build your internal capacity and capabilities to support impact then this workshop is for you.

In this workshop you will:

  • Develop an understanding of the terminology and definitions surrounding impact
  • Examine roles and skill sets required to support impact
  • Be able to better assess the level of understanding of staff with impact roles
  • Learn the competencies required to support impact
  • Understand and identify levels of commitment to impact at the organisational level
  • Learn about programs, roles and other support mechanisms
  • Learn how impact can be embedded into HDR candidature
  • See how others are helping researchers to understand and embed impact into their work.

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