ImpactFinder Tool Helps Universities Measure the Impact of Research

Via Scoop.itDual impact of research; towards the impactelligent university

In light of the challenges posed by the pending REF, RAND Europe and Ranmore Consulting Group have developed an analysis and advice package to support universities in their preparations and, crucially, to help them evaluate the impact of their research portfolios. At the core of this advice package is the RAND Europe ImpactFinder tool — a methodology for identifying impactful research. The ImpactFinder methodology was developed initially for the Arthritis Research Campaign and is now used by a number of research funders. The ImpactFinder provides an overview of research impact and a basis for more detailed examination of the ‘why and how’ of research translation. The tool is implemented as a web questionnaire and collects information across a range of social, cultural and economic impacts.   To give you an idea of where impacts are likely to fall please refer to this brief summary of what is included in the survey section for each research area:   1. Project/programme: This section asks what discipline(s) you are associated with, and what type(s) of research activities you have been involved in.   2. Wider engagement: This section asks if research projects involving engagement with individuals and/or groups outside of the university system have led to benefits for those outside of the university system. This asks about any collaborative research that has taken place, and any impacts that might have emerged as a result of collaborative activity.   3. Society and quality of life: This section asks about the dissemination activities and benefits associated with your research more widely in society and business. It first asks about dissemination activities to audiences outside of academia. It then asks about contributions to public knowledge creation, education and learning, business practices, and legal outcomes.   4. Public policy: This section asks about impacts your research may have had on policymaking. For example, if your work informed policymaking processes and/or decision making in policy entities (e.g. national government, European Union, industry, etc.)   5. Cultural benefits: This brief section asks about impacts on cultural activities, broadly defined, including contributions through cultural enrichment, public events, the creative industries and preservation of heritage.   6. Economic benefits: This section asks about the diversity of economic benefits that can be associated with your research, including employment opportunities, revenues, etc.   7. Inventions/Products: This section asks about long-term impacts through contributions to copy right/patented products and/or inventions.       The ImpactFinder, can be accessed at: http://demo.impactfinder.org/
Via www.rand.org

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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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