Australian Science Communicators Conference
Engagement and Impact
23 February 2017
Ms Leanne Harvey
Acting Chief Executive Officer Australian Research Council

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Impact

ARC considers impact in two ways:

  • Project Grant Impact—Prospective
  • Impact assessment exercise—Retrospective 

They are different!

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Research Impact Pathway 

Examples only:

Inputs

Activities

Outputs

Outcomes

Benefits

  • Research income
  • Staff
  • Background IP
  • Infrastructure
  • Collections
  • Research work and training
  • Workshop/Conference organising
  • Facility use
  • Membership of Learned Societies and Academies
  • Community and stakeholder engagement
  • Publications including e-publications
  • Additions to national collections
  • New IP: Patents and Inventions
  • Policy briefings
  • Media
  • Commercial products, licences and revenue
  • New companies—spin offs, start ups or joint ventures
  • Job creation
  • Implementation of programs and policy
  • Citations
  • Integration into policy
  • Economic, Health, Social, Cultural, Environmental, National Security, Quality of Life, Public Policy or Services
  • Higher quality workforce
  • Job creation
  • Risk reduction in decision making

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 National Innovation and Science Agenda

  • National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA)—7 December 2015. $1.1 billion over 4 years.
  • A range of new initiatives to support research, encourage innovation and entrepreneurship, reward risk taking, and promote science, maths and computing in schools.

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Definitions

Engagement

Research engagement is the interaction between researchers and research end-users (including industry, government, non-governmental organisations, communities and community organisations), for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge, technologies and methods, and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.

Impact

Research impact is the contribution that research makes to the economy, society and environment, beyond the contribution to academic research.

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Pilot assessment framework

 flowchart. Description below.

 Unit of Assessment

  • Engagement
    • Matrix of Metrics/Indicators
    • Narrative
      • Ratings for engagement
  • Impact
    • Impact studies
      • Ratings 

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 Pilot assessment framework

Engagement 

Panel A

  • 03 Chemical Sciences
  • 11 Medical and Health Sciences
Panel B
  • 21 History and Archaeology
  • 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies

Impact

Panel C

  • 05 Environmental Sciences
  • 07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences
  • 09 Engineering
Panel D
  • 13 Education
  • 19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing
  • 20 Language, Communication and Culture
Indigenous Research Impact Studies

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Engagement—a narrative

  • Provides context for the engagement indicators
  • Allows institutions to describe engagement activities where the engagement indicators are not sufficient
  • Allows institutions to provide additional quantitative information, where relevant, which may be used by the ARC to develop indicators for subsequent rounds

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Impact studies

  • Impact will be assessed primarily using qualitative information in the form of impact studies
  • Impact studies typically detail
    • Research underpinning the impact
    • Approach to impact
    • Details of the impact
  • Impact studies will allow for the inclusion of measures or indicators of impact