Engagement and Impact Assessment (EI)


On 7 December 2015 the Australian Government launched its National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA). One of the measures within the agenda is for Australia to introduce a national impact and engagement assessment, which will examine how universities are translating their research into economic, social and other benefits and encourage greater collaboration between universities, industries and other end-users of research.

Working closely with university and industry stakeholders and through a Steering Committee and working groups, the Australian Research Council (ARC) and the Department of Education and Training have been developing the framework for the assessment.  

In line with the NISA announcement in December 2015, a pilot was undertaken in 2017, providing a basis for a national roll-out in 2018. The national assessment will be undertaken as a companion to Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

The ARC reviewed the pilot and analysed the engagement and impact assessment methodologies, incorporating feedback from university, industry and end-user participants. This review will inform the development of the full assessment. Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham, Minister of Education and Training, and ARC Chief Executive Officer, Professor Sue Thomas, has announced the release of the Engagement and Impact Assessment Pilot Report.  The release of the Pilot Report marks the end of the pilot and the start of preparations for the first full assessment launching in 2018.

Preparations for the Engagement and Impact assessment 2018 (EI 2018) are underway. The ARC will be updating information on this webpage for the EI 2018 round as it becomes available. 

EI 2018 Consultation

The EI 2018 Framework – PDF Format (876KB) – Word Format (763KB) outlines the framework for EI 2018, including the objectives, key definitions, and key elements of the methodology.

The ARC has released the following draft EI 2018 documents for consultation:

The following draft supporting documentation is also available:

Submit responses in the feedback template – PDF Format (292KB) – Word Format (26KB) and return responses to the ARC at ARC-EI@arc.gov.au by 5.00pm AEDT on Friday, 17 November 2017, with "EI 2018 Submission Consultation" as the subject.