Collecting Research Impact Evidence
Vertigo Ventures led the research commissioned by HEFCE to develop guidance on gathering research impact evidence.
Following the introduction of impact case studies to REF2014 in the UK, it is now established that policy around research funding will continue to focus on impact in the UK. 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.
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. 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.
Vertigo Ventures would like to acknowledge the contribution of Digital Science, who led the analysis of and chapter on REF2014 Impact Case Studies.