Capturing Research Impacts: A review of international practice

To help inform the development of the Research Excellence Framework (REF), HEFCE commissioned RAND Europe to carry out a review of international approaches to evaluating the impact of research. This report presents the findings of the review, based on four case study examples.  The full report is here: http://www.hefce.ac.uk/Pubs/RDreports/2009//rd23_09/rd23_09.pdf

The review identifies relevant challenges and lessons from international practice and suggests that the work of the Australian RQF Working Group on Impact Assessment might provide a basis for developing an approach to impact in the REF. The report makes a number of other recommendations concerning attribution, burden and the role of research users, which are outlined in the executive summary.

The purpose of this report is to inform the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s (HEFCE’s) formulation of an approach to assess research impact as part of the proposed Research Excellence Framework (REF). HEFCE has identified several criteria that would be significant in developing an impact assessment framework. The framework should:

  1. be credible and acceptable to the academic as well as user communities
  2. encompass the full range of economic, social, public policy, welfare, cultural and quality-of-life benefits
  3. within a single broad approach, be adaptable to apply to all disciplines
  4. be practicable and not generate an excessive workload for the sector
  5. avoid undesirable perceptions and incentives
  6. complement other funding streams including the research councils’ approach to increasing the impact of research.

To inform their thinking, HEFCE commissioned RAND Europe to undertake an international review of how other research agencies measure impact. The objectives of the review were:   to review international practice in assessing research impact and   to identify relevant challenges, lessons and observations from international practice that will help HEFCE develop a framework for assessing research impact.1

Following a quick scan of international examples of impact frameworks, the researchers  selected four frameworks for further analysis:

  1. the Australian Research Quality and Accessibility Framework (RQF),
  2. the UK RAND/ARC Impact Scoring System (RAISS).
  3. Impact Scoring System, the US Program Assessment Rating Tool (PART) and the
  4. Dutch Evaluating Research in Context (ERiC).
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About Wilfred Mijnhardt
RMIMR is my virtual playground, a place to reflect on issues from my professional context, my job as Policy Director at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM). RSM is the international university based business school at Erasmus University Rotterdam. More info here: www.rsm.nl Here is my list of relevant publications on the topic of my RMIMR weblog: http://www.mendeley.com/collections/694621/RMIMR-Repository/ The rss feed for my RMIMR collection is here: http://www.mendeley.com/collections/rss/694621/ Here is my other weblog on impact of research: http://www.scoop.it/t/dualimpact

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