30 March 2016

Research Engagement and Impact working groups announced


The members of two working groups that will assist in the development of a research engagement and impact assessment for Australia have been announced today.

ARC Chief Executive Officer, Professor Aidan Byrne said the two groups—the Engagement and Impact Technical Working Group, and the Performance and Incentives Working Group—would play an important role in the development process.

“These working groups will provide critical advice and support to the Engagement and Impact Steering Committee as we develop this new assessment,” he said.

“The groups are made up of experts from across the sector, including international experts, and I have the utmost confidence they will contribute greatly in this development process.”

The role of the Technical Working Group is to provide expert advice on the development of indicators that will support a national engagement and impact assessment, including: advice regarding development of an appropriate methodology; assessment requirements for different disciplines and end-users; along with development of appropriate measures/indicators of research engagement and research impact.

The role of the Performance and Incentives Working Group is to provide advice to the ARC about the potential incentive effects of the preferred model, including how the process and measures in the preferred model will influence the decisions of universities about the focus of their research activities.

Development of the Engagement and Impact Assessment is jointly managed by the ARC and Department of Education and Training. In 2018 the ARC will run an Engagement and Impact Assessment alongside Excellence in Research for Australia.

Full membership of the two working groups is attached.

Media contact:
ARC Stakeholder Relations
0412 623 056 or communications@arc.gov.au