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Achieving Impact in Research

Achieving Impact in Research

Edited by:
  • Pam Denicolo - Consultant on Doctoral Education and Training
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October 2013 | 192 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This unique addition to the Success in Research series addresses the importance of understanding and achieving impact for the purposes of gaining research funding and reporting achieved impact for the Research Excellence Framework (REF).  

The book includes contributions from researchers and researcher developers who feel that impact is ill-defined and poorly understood despite its prevalence in policy documents, websites and institutional activities. This succinct and cohesive text draws on the expert contributors' collective research practice, knowledge and experience. 

Using a variety of examples, boxed activities and highlighted reflection points, this practical guide covers the following key areas: 

  • The meaning of impact in relation to research
  • How the Impact Agenda fits with attitudes and ethics that motivate research
  • The different characterisations of research impact and when impact is apparent
  • How impact can be planned into proposals, evaluated and evidenced
  • The skills needed to be an impactful researcher
  • How impact can be supported through Knowledge Exchange and effective partnerships 

This is a must-have guide for anyone seeking to understand and achieve impact in their own research.

The Success in Research series, from Cindy Becker and Pam Denicolo, provides short, authoritative and accessible guides on key areas of professional and research development.  

Avoiding jargon and cutting to the chase of what you really need to know, these practical and supportive books cover a range of areas from presenting research to achieving impact, and from publishing journal articles to developing proposals. They are essential reading for any student or researcher interested in developing their skills and broadening their professional and methodological knowledge in an academic context.

Colin Chandler
What is the meaning of impact in relation to research and why does it matter? A view from inside academia
Sophie Payne-Gifford
What is the meaning of the Impact Agenda - is it a repackaged or a new entity? Views from inside the Research Councils
Jennifer Chubb
How does the Impact Agenda fit with attitudes and ethics that motivate research?
Jo Lakey, Geoff Rodgers and Rosa Scoble
What are the different characteristics of research impact?
Christopher Wood
When might research impact be apparent?
Rob Daley and Sara Shinton
How can impact be planned into research proposals?
Tony Bromley and André de Campos
How can impact evaluation be planned?
Tony Bromley
How can impact be evidenced: practical methods?
Jennifer Chubb
What skills are needed to be an impactful researcher?
Andy Jackson
How can knowledge exchange support the development of impact through partnerships and university infrastructures?
Ellen Pearce and Pam Denicolo
How can you become an impactful researcher?
Christopher Wood and Pam Denicolo
Appendix I A special case: researcher development and the work of the impact and evaluation group
Appendix II An illustration of the Researcher Development Framework (Vitae)
Appendix III The pathways to impact framework provided by RCUK


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