Building an impact literate research culture: some thoughts for the KT Australia Research Summit

Very interesting post based on the author’s presentation at the current Research Impact Summit. If you’re a Slideshare user the accompanying slides can be downloaded here.

With the ERA Engagement and Impact Assessment on the horizon, Julie Bayley’s experience, drawn from the UK Research Excellence Framework 2014 is valuable. Definitely some key points made here, so take note:

Thanks, Julie!

Julie Bayley

I was delighted to be asked to speak at the KT Australia Research Impact Summit (November 2016). In my talk, I discussed many of the challenges of introducing an impact agenda into the academic community, and how impact literacy can help. An extended version of my slides are here, but let me talk through the key points below.

Consider impact. A small word. A simple, standard part of our vocabulary meaning influence or effect. But go from (small i) impact to (big I) Impact, and you’ve suddenly entered the domain of formal assessment and causal expectations. Arguably the UK have been the first to really take the Impact bull formally by the horns through the Research Assessment Framework 2014, but of course efforts to drive research into usable practice are far from unique to this little island. Whilst every country is rich with learning about how knowledge best mobilises within its own context, the…

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Collaboration: what do you think?

Acknowledgement: this post draws from Jenny Delasalle’s The Research Whisperer post, “How do you find Researchers who want to collaborate?” Used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Research collaboration has never been more topical. Institutions are including it in KPIs; it’s figuring within metrics data and within an increasingly global and digital environment it’s becoming a very important figure. The potential  positives of  collaboration are hard to ignore: the wider, more dynamic your network, the stronger the output. Indeed, it’s being viewed as a significant driver of research quality.

Or as Jenny Delasalle, Librarian and editor of the Piirus blog, describes: “Contacts and collaboration are increasingly important to researchers. From the sparking of early ideas, to co-authorship which increases outputs and helps authors to reach new audiences, and on again to partnerships with organisations or industry which offer sources of funding and routes to impact: collaboration activities are increasingly seen as a part of research excellence.”

So what do researchers themselves think about collaboration? In late 2014 Piirus  a not-for-profit service provided by the University of Warwick, which is a networking resource  with a focus on promoting collaborative opportunities within the global research community, conducted a survey involving over 300 researchers across the globe from a variety of disciplines. The aim was to get some insight and opinions about networks and collaborations and what researchers are interested in (or willing) to share in online platforms such as Piirus, from the primary source – researchers.

Here’s what they found:


We’re very interested to know what you think about these issues. Do any of these conclusions resonate with you? Are you surprised with any? Do you personally disagree? And if so, where and why do you differ?

Let us know via the comments section here or via Twitter to @EdArtsUON or join the conversation by tagging #collaborateUON.

Impact Notice Board #2

The Notice Board

From time-to-time we’ll be using the Impact Notice board to advertise current and upcoming opportunities geared toward the interests of this blog. You’re busy and you can’t catch everything, so hopefully you’ll hear more about some of the host of interesting and rewarding activities, training sessions and seminars going on here at UON and the wider community.

Research Impact Summit

Knowledge Translation Australia is a Melbourne-based organisation that aims to provide researchers and institutions with:

” … specialised training solutions and support that enable them to translate research evidence into real life impacts, that in turn increase opportunities for recognition, collaboration, and research funding. We achieve this goal through our unique training methods, expertise in knowledge translation, personalized hands-on service, and dedication to providing real solutions to meet each client’s individual needs and goals.”

They’re coordinating the Research Impact Summit, a  free online event, featuring over 20 speakers with considerable professional and academic experience involved in sessions across the following themes:

  • Knowledge Translation;
  • Implementation Science;
  • Collaboration & Engagement;
  • Dissemination, and;
  • Research Impact.

Some key characteristics the organisers are appealing to include:

  • Researchers wanting to improve engagement with industry.
  • Early career researchers that want to get ahead of the rest, stand out, and create a big impact from research.
  • Those that want to hear about the tools, tips, tricks, trials and tribulations of bridging the research to practice gap.

Sound interesting? You can register here.

I think you’ll readily agree that the current research environment, with its push toward not only creating and measuring impact, but the ways and means we narrate or demonstrate the impact of research, raises a need for well-informed, positive discussion in this area.

This e-conference could be well worth your time.

You can contact with any queries.