Understanding research impact
What is research impact?
Research impact has many definitions. Broadly, it is 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. We must 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. Despite this, research funders and research organisations globally are looking to measure impact . These impacts are not easily quantified. There can be considerable time lags between research and impact. Impact is often from accumulated knowledge and not a specific research finding.
The measurement and assessment of impact of the research endeavour have become more and more important. Researchers are increasingly expected to show value for money from their research and funders are keen to show the benefits or research spending.
The introduction of research impact assessment is being used as a proxy for the value of our research and the benefit of that spending to society.
If you would like to get a handle on non-academic impacts this workshop is for you.
- Understand the definitions and terminology around non-academic impacts.
- Learn about the different categories of impact and how to achieve them in the different fields of research.
- Know the pathway to create impact and the elements of successful impact.
- Understand impact activities and how they relate to the impact types.
- Learn about impact indicators and the evidence required to support impact claims.
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What people are saying about our workshops
We went through a mentorship with Tamika, to guide us in working with impact, when supporting researchers in writing funding applications. She has worked with us on all levels, from high-level concepts, to specific applications. The process has been extremely valuable, and we are much better equipped than before, to support the researchers. Additionally, we became inspired to consider how to work with impact, beyond application writing.
I loved the way the Tamika and Cathie packaged up the creation and communication of impact into a neat pathway that I can remember and refer back to
Every researcher will benefit from learning about research impact to improve their research outcomes and articulate the usefulness of the research. I recommend this training!
Our participants has been provided with a great foundation of what Research Impact is and some practical steps that they can use to start to start to think about the impact pathways of their own research
Tamika is an excellent facilitator; really great, practical advice and processes, and really understands how research works and what funders and external audiences look for. Very much worthwhile – one of the best sessions I’ve done
This workshop provides a great session in learning the research impact and how to design and make it happen
Tamika was great! It was a very engaging workshop and almost everything was new or relevant to the my field of research. I learnt so much from participating in the workshop. Thank you!
The information provided was timely and highly accessible. Communicating impact is hard and the training provided will enable me to do this better.
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