Identifying and planning for research impact: What it looks like on the ground

A Schoool of Education seminar presented on August 16th, 2017 by Jo Bird, Nadya Rizk, Marty Schmude & Stephen Heimans

Research impact is a broad concept that impacts our ongoing work as researchers. In this seminar a panel of researchers discuss what impact means for them and how they are planning for impact in their work.

It is embedded in UNE’s Research Plan 2016–2020. Research impact has been described as “the demonstrable contribution that research makes to the economy, society, culture, national security, public policy or services, health, the environment, or quality of life, beyond contributions to academia.” (ARC, Research Impact Principles and Framework)

Impact involves change or benefit to: the activity, attitude, awareness, behaviour, capacity, opportunity, performance, policy, practice, process or understanding of an audience, beneficiary, community, constituency, organisation or individuals, in any geographic location whether locally, regionally, nationally or internationally. (REF, 2011, Assessment framework and guidance on submissions, p. 26.)