Measuring the imapct of resaerch -Michael Wykes, University of Exeter
Measuring the impact of research: the story
so far, and where to next?
Dr Michael Wykes, Policy, Impact and Performance Manager, 3rd April 2013
• “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
• 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
National and International Context
• A 20% cut in real terms to the BIS budget between 2010
• From 20% in REF 2014 to 25% in REF 2020?
• Impact Acceleration Accounts
• Public Engagement
• Horizon 2020
• Collaborations: The fourth age of research
• HEIF #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
• 155 wheels?
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
• Impact. Inspire. Involve. Improve. Influence.
can be counted
Thanks for listening
Dr Michael Wykes
Policy, Impact and Performance Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org 01392 722351