This unique addition to the Success in Research series addresses the importance of understanding and achieving impact for the purposes of gaining research funding and reporting achieved impact for the Research Excellence Framework (REF).
The book includes contributions from researchers and researcher developers who feel that impact is ill-defined and poorly understood despite its prevalence in policy documents, websites and institutional activities. This succinct and cohesive text draws on the expert contributors' collective research practice, knowledge and experience.
Using a variety of examples, boxed activities and highlighted reflection points, this practical guide covers the following key areas:
The meaning of impact in relation to research
How the Impact Agenda fits with attitudes and ethics that motivate research
The different characterisations of research impact and when impact is apparent
How impact can be planned into proposals, evaluated and evidenced
The skills needed to be an impactful researcher
How impact can be supported through Knowledge Exchange and effective partnerships
This is a must-have guide for anyone seeking to understand and achieve impact in their own research.
The Success in Research series, from Cindy Becker and Pam Denicolo, provides short, authoritative and accessible guides on key areas of professional and research development.
Avoiding jargon and cutting to the chase of what you really need to know, these practical and supportive books cover a range of areas from presenting research to achieving impact, and from publishing journal articles to developing proposals. They are essential reading for any student or researcher interested in developing their skills and broadening their professional and methodological knowledge in an academic context.
Professor (Emeritus) Pam Denicolo, a chartered psychologist, has just retired from her fulltime role at the University of Reading where she developed the Graduate School system and the post-registration professional practice and research element of the School of Pharmacy. Her passion for supporting and developing graduate students is demonstrated through her contributions as Vice Chair to the UK Council for Graduate Education Executive Committee, as chair of the Society for Research into Higher Education Postgraduate Network and Executive Editor of the Guides for Supervisors Series. She was a key contributor to Vitae's development of the Researcher Development Framework (RDF) and the QAA's Doctoral Characteristics Advisory Group, and is currently contributing to the revision of the Code of Practice. She is currently advocate for Graduate Studies at the University of Surrey.
What is the meaning of impact in relation to research and why does it matter? A view from inside academia - Colin Chandler What is the meaning of the Impact Agenda - is it a repackaged or a new entity? Views from inside the Research Councils - Sophie Payne-Gifford How does the Impact Agenda fit with attitudes and ethics that motivate research? - Jennifer Chubb What are the different characteristics of research impact? - Jo Lakey, Geoff Rodgers and Rosa Scoble When might research impact be apparent? - Christopher Wood How can impact be planned into research proposals? - Rob Daley and Sara Shinton How can impact evaluation be planned? - Tony Bromley and Andre de Campos How can impact be evidenced: practical methods? - Tony Bromley What skills are needed to be an impactful researcher? - Jennifer Chubb How can knowledge exchange support the development of impact through partnerships and university infrastructures? - Andy Jackson How can you become an impactful researcher? - Ellen Pearce and Pam Denicolo Appendix I A special case: researcher development and the work of the impact and evaluation group - Christopher Wood and Pam Denicolo Appendix II An illustration of the Researcher Development Framework (Vitae) Appendix III The pathways to impact framework provided by RCUK Glossary