Measuring the imapct of resaerch -Michael Wykes, University of Exeter

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Measuring the imapct of resaerch -Michael Wykes, University of Exeter

  1. 1. Measuring the impact of research: the story so far, and where to next? Dr Michael Wykes, Policy, Impact and Performance Manager, 3rd April 2013
  2. 2. Outcomes • “Assessment, evaluations, and definitions of research impact:A review” Research Evaluation 23 (2014) pp. 21-32, available under Open Access. • Executive summary and recommendations • Final report • Seven essays on Impact • http://www.exeter.ac.uk/research/inspiring/project s/impact/
  3. 3. Conference Evaluation • Excellent, but.... • “Thought it would be more focussed on REF 2014”. • “Nice to see an all-female panel! Although complex ideas presented too quickly at times”. • “Too strategic/systems”. • ‘Unless academics’“intellect, imagination and values” were engaged by impact, there was a danger that the agenda would be “a rather limp, bureaucratic and ineffective intervention”’
  4. 4. The Impact Industry?
  5. 5. National and International Context • A 20% cut in real terms to the BIS budget between 2010 and 2018 • From 20% in REF 2014 to 25% in REF 2020? • Impact Acceleration Accounts • Systems • Public Engagement • Horizon 2020 • Collaborations: The fourth age of research • HEIF #6
  6. 6. Where to next? • How is the Impact important to HEIs and their staff? • Embedding Impact as a cultural norm • Resourcing Impact • Writing and communicating • Causal inference and the counterfactual • Leadership, job descriptions, promotion and reward • Planning the evidence • Institutional memory • ROS & Researchfish • Learning from other sectors • 7,000 • 155 wheels?
  7. 7. Challenge and Opportunity • The attractiveness and limitations of metrics • Assess rather than measure? • Striking the right balance between narrative and numbers • What would be the alternative to a Case Study approach? • Risk of oversimplification and translating impacts into numerical expressions. • Impact. Inspire. Involve. Improve. Influence.
  8. 8. “Everything that can be counted does not necessarily count, and everything that counts cannot necessarily be counted”
  9. 9. Thanks for listening Contact: Dr Michael Wykes Policy, Impact and Performance Manager, m.c.wykes@exeter.ac.uk 01392 722351

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