Assessing Research Impact An international review of the Excellence i Innovation for Australia Trial

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This report reviews the process of the Excellence in Innovation for Australia (EIA) Impact Assessment Trial (‘the EIA Trial’). The EIA Trial had two aims: to assess the non-academic impact of research generated by a subset of Australian universities, and to be a pilot for a potential companion piece to the next Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA), a nationwide performance assessment of Australian universities. Twelve universities participated in the Trial, including the Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN), which commissioned this review. The participating
universities submitted a total of 1621 research impact case studies, which were assessed by seven independent panels, made up of 75 experts, of whom 70% were from outside the university sector. The results of the Trial were published in November 2012. The aim of this review was to provide an overall assessment on the applicability of the EIA process as a companion piece alongside future rounds of ERA. The review had two objectives: to evaluate the process to see how EIA could be improved if repeated in the
future, and to evaluate how the EIA could be scaled up to be a companion piece to the ERA.

 

The review resulted in eight headline observations.

 

Issues and ideas on how the EIA could be improved if repeated

 

1. The EIA Trial was a successful process, but it could be improved

 

2. The quality of case studies could be improved

 

3. Consider including the contribution of research as an assessment criterion (in addition to reach and significance)

 

4. There is a need, and an opportunity, to create and embed a culture of and expectation for impact within Australian universities and wider society

 

5. Steps should be taken to understand the benefits and (unintended) consequences of future assessments Issues and ideas on how the EIA could be scaled up as a companion piece to the ERA

 

6. The EIA impact assessment process will need to be reconfigured if scaled up

 

7. Any future EIA impact assessment will need to ensure that the direct and indirect benefit of assessing impact in Australian universities outweighs the transaction costs of the assessment

 

8. There will be a need to engage early with other institutions that did not participate in the EIA Trial in a scaled up impact assessment

 

Source:

 

Assessing Research Impact
An international review of the Excellence in
Innovation for Australia Trial
Molly Morgan Jones, Sophie Castle-Clarke, Catriona Manville,
Salil Gunashekar, Jonathan Grant

Published 2013 by the RAND Corporation

 

Fulltext: http://www.atn.edu.au/eia/Docs/eia-rand-review-report.pdf

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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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