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Rcuk, ref and impact, graham smith, third sector research centre ph d workshop

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Rcuk, ref and impact, graham smith, third sector research centre ph d workshop

  1. 1. RCUK, REF and ‘impact’ Graham Smith Professor of Politics gsmith@soton.ac.uk
  2. 2. Impact and RCUK• Impact summary / pathways to impact• Research Councils UK (RCUK) defines research impact as the demonstrable contribution that excellent research makes to society and the economy. – fostering global economic performance, and specifically the economic competitiveness of the United Kingdom – increasing the effectiveness of public services and policy – enhancing quality of life, health and creative output.• A key aspect of this definition of research impact is that impact must be demonstrable.
  3. 3. RCUK and impact• The impact of social science research can be categorised as:• Instrumental: influencing the development of policy, practice or service provision, shaping legislation, altering behaviour• Conceptual: contributing to the understanding of policy issues, reframing debates• Capacity building: through technical and personal skill development.• http://www.esrc.ac.uk/funding-and-guidance/tools-and-resources/impact-toolkit/w
  4. 4. Impact and the REF• 25 per cent of REF score for Unit of Assessment associated with ‘impact’• “For the purposes of the REF, impact is defined as an effect on, change or benefit to the economy, society, culture, public policy or services, health, the environment or quality of life, beyond academia”
  5. 5. Panel C – types of impact• Impacts on creativity, culture and society• Economic, commercial, organisational impacts• Impacts on the environment• Health and welfare impacts• Impacts on practitioners and professional services• Impacts on public policy, law and services• http://www.ref.ac.uk/pubs/2012-01/
  6. 6. Impacts on public policy, law and services• Legislative change, development of legal principle or effect on legal practice.• Forms of regulation, dispute resolution or access to justice have been influenced.• Shaping or influence on policy made by government, quasi- government bodies, NGOs or private organisations.• Changes to the delivery or form of any service for the public.
  7. 7. Impacts on public policy, law and services• Policy debate has been stimulated or informed by research evidence, which may have led to confirmation of policy, change in policy direction, implementation or withdrawal of policy.• Effect on the quality, accessibility, cost-effectiveness or efficiency of services.• Impact on democratic participation.• Influencing the work of NGOs or commercial organisations.• Improved public understanding of social issues.• Enabling a challenge to conventional wisdom.

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