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AHRC Guidance on Public Policy Engagement

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AHRC Workshop, 12 July 2013, University of Birmingham

AHRC Workshop, 12 July 2013, University of Birmingham

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  • RCUK impact description
  • The Research Councils give their funding recipients considerable flexibility and autonomy in the delivery of their research, postgraduate training and knowledge transfer activities. This flexibility and autonomy encompasses project definition, management, collaboration, participation, promotion and the dissemination of research outputs; this approach enables excellence with impact. In return, there are certain expectations in which they expect those in receipt of funding to demonstrate. These are set out under RCUK Statement of Expectations.
  • Research Councils have a responsibility to demonstrate the value and impact of the research we fund. RCUK uses the information researchers provide to report on the outputs, outcomes and impact of research to both the Government and the public. By collecting the outputs, outcomes and impact of research it enables RCUK to: provide a strong evidence base to support the continued funding of research in the UK improve the quality of reporting research outcomes to Government, the public and other organisationsmaintain a longer-term relationship with grant holders to capture new developments and impacts from research long after a grant has finished open up communication with researchers and Research Organisations to offer new opportunities to explore how best to capture the results of research funding to improve information and reporting on research outcomes by having common reporting systems. We ask researchers and/or institutions to submit information about their research using two online systems: Research Outcomes Systems (ROS) and ResearchFish (formerly e-Val). ROS is currently used by AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, and ESRC, and from January 2013, the system will also be used by NERC. ResearchFish is used by MRC and STFC as well as other funding organisations such as medical charities and health research funders.
  • Gateway to Research aims to provide a mechanism for businesses and other interested parties to identify potential partners in universities to develop and commercialise knowledge, and maximise the impact of publicly funded research. It is being developed as part of the BIS Innovation and Research Strategy and a final live system will be launched at the end of 2013. A beta version of the site is now available to use at: http://gtr.rcuk.ac.uk/ The goal of Gateway to Research is to give the public better access to information on research funded by the Research Councils. Particularly information such as: who, what and where the Research Councils fund the outcomes and outputs from Research Councils’ funding, linking to already available open access repositories and/or data catalogues. Gateway to Research is aimed at those that wish to access UK research information, with a particular focus on innovation intensive SMEs, who wish to understand the UK research base. It contains information such as who, what and where the Research Councils fund, as well as details about the outcomes, outputs and impact held on ROS and ResearchFish, and linking through to other available open access repositories and data catalogues where possible. The information is a fixed snapshot of available information on research before the final live system is launched. It contains real data from grants across all seven Research Councils, awarded from 2006 onwards, that is already held in ROS and ResearchFish.
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    • 1. AHRC Guidance on Public Policy Engagement Dr Ian Lyne Associate Director of Research
    • 2. Overview • Context – the ‘Impact Agenda’ • Planning and Demonstrating Engagement • AHRC Funding schemes
    • 3. Excellence with Impact RCUK describe impact as …. The demonstrable contribution that excellent research makes to society and the economy by: – Fostering global economic performance, and specifically the economic competitiveness of the UK – Increasing the effectiveness of public services and policy – Enhancing quality of life, health and creative output
    • 4. RCUK Expectations of Researchers • The Research Councils give their funding recipients considerable flexibility and autonomy in the delivery of their research, postgraduate training and knowledge transfer activities. • In return, there are certain expectations – these are set out under RCUK Statement of Expectations for Economic and Societal Impact: www.rcuk.ac.uk/kei/expectation/Pages/home.aspx
    • 5. Pathways to Impact • A key component of the RCUK Strategy was the introduction of ‘Pathways to Impact’ statements as part of grant applications. • Applicants are expected to describe appropriate pathways to impact as part of the application process. • This is the part of the application where applicants describe who might benefit from their research, how and what they can do to ensure potential beneficiaries have the opportunity to benefit.
    • 6. • We do not expect applicants to predict the impact of their research. • The purpose of pathways to impact is to encourage applicants to explore from the outset appropriate avenues for engaging with potential beneficiaries in order maximise the potential benefits of their research. Pathways to Impact
    • 7. • Pathways to impact are project specific and should be appropriate for that piece of research. • A full set of guidance and other helpful resources can be found on the RCUK website including top tips, FAQs and case studies. • See: http://www.rcuk.ac.uk/kei/impacts/Pages/home.aspx http://www.rcuk.ac.uk/media/brief/impactcase/Pages/home.aspx Pathways to Impact
    • 8. Research Outcomes Collection • If you are successful in your grant application, the Research Councils want to hear about your achievements! • Research Councils use the information researchers provide to demonstrate the impact of research to both the Government and the public. • Researchers and/or institutions submit information about AHRC research using an online systems: Research Outcomes System (RoS)
    • 9. RCUK “Gateway to Research” • The goal of Gateway to Research is to give the public and business better access to information on research funded by the Research Councils. Particularly information such as: – who, what and where the Research Councils fund – the outcomes and outputs from Research Councils’ funding, linking to already available open access repositories and/or data catalogues. • The final live system will be launched at the end of 2013 but a beta version of the site is now available to use at: http://gtr.rcuk.ac.uk/
    • 10. Guidance on Planning and Demonstrating Effective Policy Engagement “Even where it is not possible to prove a direct policy impact, academics engaged in policy relevant research can plan to engage with policy-makers, practitioners or the public in a systematic and active way.”
    • 11. Guidance on Planning and Demonstrating Effective Policy Engagement A simple framework to help with: 1. Planning your engagement with policy bodies or groups 2. Demonstrating the extent of your engagement. Planning: your Pathways to Impact Demonstrating: via ROS
    • 12. AHRC Funding to Support Policy Engagement • Fellowships • Research Grants • Research Networking – Highlight notice on Public Policy in this scheme.
    • 13. Research Networking Scheme Public Policy Highlight Notice • Provide support for building new partnerships, or strengthening existing networks, between academics and policy makers (including relevant policy bodies) in a sustained way, for example, through a series of events or seminars. • Raise awareness amongst researchers of the potential public policy impact of their work, and to develop their understanding of current public policy issues which might inform their work. • Raise awareness amongst policy makers and policy bodies of the contribution that arts and humanities research can make to the development of public policy, including foreign as well as domestic policy.
    • 14. Research Networking Scheme Public Policy Highlight Notice • The Highlight notice runs until 31 December 2013 • http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/Funding- Opportunities/Pages/Public-Policy-Highlight-Notice.aspx
    • 15. Thank you - Comments or Questions?

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