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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What people are saying about our workshops
Thank you, I can highly recommend this course, it provides an excellent roadmap, with practical and constructive advice
This research impact workshop is enlightening, transformative and practical for planning and writing a highly competitive and stringent grant application. It has helped me think about my work from multiple perspectives and bring, what seemed like disparate parts, together to identify that my early career research has impact on the broader world.
It is amazing to see someone present so clearly on how to address applications for NHMRC – she explained the rationale for each section so nicely and will assist many in writing better quality applications.
Information will make a difference to my applications and other areas of work
I’ve never been given any training in NHMRC grant applications, so this information was all new to me and very valuable. The speaker was fantastic!
Dr. Tamika Heiden’s presentation was superb. It was such a pleasure to know what NHMRC looks for in grant applications. Moreover, she gave useful personalized tips that helped demystify the writing of impact statements.
It provides me with a big picture of how I should think about writing a grant application.
The murky and fuzzy terminology of research impact is now clear to me and it is also crystal clear the steps I need to take to try and increase the impact of my research.
The workshop gives excellent points on how to highlight the impact of our work
Great delivery, excellent content and information, engaging workshop
It was an inspiring workshop with practical examples. It made me to rethink about not only how I can create impact cases from current studies, but also how to design new research studies.
Brilliant workshop, contents were well organised and easy to understand. Great course materials, with a good amount of activities to help put knowledge to practice
The training itself helped me to understand about what impact is, how to plan for it and the different ways of capturing the impact data
I have just had my 1:1 consult with Tamika and wanted to say thank you for facilitating both the training webinar and the consultations with Research Impact Academy and Tamika. I will be finishing my PhD in the next 6-8 months and whilst at first I was hesitant to sign up, feeling like I didn’t have enough to consider or plan for, I’m so glad I did. The training itself helped me to understand about what impact is, how to plan for it and the different ways of capturing the impact data. The consultation with Tamika was brilliant- Tamika offered me so many insights about what to do with my PhD work- I had some draft ideas but now it will be more refined, and I will be able to plan for capturing the evidence of impact moving forward.