Research Impact Evidence
Collecting Research Impact Evidence
You’ll hear about:
- Collecting Impact Evidence throughout the Research Project
- Guidance on the types of evidence that could be collected
- Example Impact Types and associated example Impact Evidence
HEFCE Commissions Research on Impact Evidence
Vertigo Ventures led research commissioned by HEFCE to develop guidance on research impact evidence.
Following the introduction of impact case studies to REF2014, it is very likely that policy around research funding will continue to focus on this aspect of assessment. Universities – and research institutes – will need to be able to articulate the impact of their research beyond academia effectively and comprehensively both for such assessment and as part of wider stakeholder engagement.
Beyond assessment researchers need to plan and execute impact activities, while recording the outcomes and impacts as they occur. Impact, can occur throughout the research cycle, not just at the end of a project. Impact implementation and the collection of material useful as a source of impact evidence should be a continuous part of the process.
The guidance document, published 14 June 2016, is about the collection, management and use of sources of impact evidence and is a result of an HEFCE-commissioned activity to produce a guidance document for the sector. The webinar summarises current practice in the collection, management and use of impact evidence.
While the ways of reporting may change it is clear that impact and impact evidence will continue to be of importance to the research sector. As such, this webinar and guidance provide support for researchers collecting impact evidence to gather the most compelling information.
We would like to acknowledge the contribution of Digital Science, who led the analysis of and chapter on REF2014 Impact Case Studies.