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Conceptualisations of LIS research impact and value: Learning from the LIS Research Coalition and DREaM

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Presentation made by Professor Hazel Hall at Research Impact Value and LIS, held at Edinburgh Napier University on 11th July 2018

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Conceptualisations of LIS research impact and value: Learning from the LIS Research Coalition and DREaM

  1. 1. Research, Impact, Value & LIS - #lis_rival - Edinburgh - 11th July 2018 Practitioner research: value, impact, and priorities Professor Hazel Hall Edinburgh Napier University Conceptualisations of LIS research impact and value: Learning from the LIS Research Coalition and DREaM
  2. 2. Research, Impact, Value & LIS - #lis_rival - Edinburgh - 11th July 2018
  3. 3. Research, Impact, Value & LIS - #lis_rival - Edinburgh - 11th July 2018 #lis_rival
  4. 4. Research, Impact, Value & LIS - #lis_rival - Edinburgh - 11th July 2018 http://hazelhall.org/about @hazelh
  5. 5. Research, Impact, Value & LIS - #lis_rival - Edinburgh - 11th July 2018 https://drhazelhall.files.wordpress.com/ 2018/07/2018_07-csi-flyer-v5-a4.pdf
  6. 6. Research, Impact, Value & LIS - #lis_rival - Edinburgh - 11th July 2018 Today’s programme encourages us to: 1. Explore concepts and examples of the impact and value of LIS research to services delivery in practice 2. Encourage the strengthening of links between creators, users, and end- user beneficiaries of LIS research output 3. Narrow gaps between LIS research and practice 4. Lay the ground for future research-related support and collaborations across the sector
  7. 7. Research, Impact, Value & LIS - #lis_rival - Edinburgh - 11th July 2018 ‘There will also be contributions on the impact and value of past investments at national level to support LIS research in the UK - notably the Library and Information Science Research Coalition (2009-2012) and the Developing Research Excellence and Methods (DREaM) project (2011- 2012)’
  8. 8. Research, Impact, Value & LIS - #lis_rival - Edinburgh - 11th July 2018  2006-2008: Consultations  March 2009: Coalition formally established by 5 founding members  August 2009: Dr Hazel Hall appointed to lead the implementation, 2 days per week in a seconded role Establishment of the LIS Research Coalition To facilitate a co-ordinated and strategic approach to LIS research across the UK (2009-2012)
  9. 9. Research, Impact, Value & LIS - #lis_rival - Edinburgh - 11th July 2018 ‘To facilitate a co-ordinated and strategic approach to LIS research across the UK’ Provision of a formal structure  Improve access to LIS research  Maximise the relevance and impact of LIS research Main aims  Bring together information about LIS research opportunities and results  Encourage dialogue between research funders  Promote LIS practitioner research and the translation of research outcomes into practice  Articulate a strategic approach to LIS research  Promote the development of research capacity in LIS
  10. 10. Research, Impact, Value & LIS - #lis_rival - Edinburgh - 11th July 2018 http://lisresearch.org @LISResearch
  11. 11. Research, Impact, Value & LIS - #lis_rival - Edinburgh - 11th July 2018 Heavy use of social media through Twitter feed still active in 2018
  12. 12. Research, Impact, Value & LIS - #lis_rival - Edinburgh - 11th July 2018 To facilitate a co-ordinated and strategic approach to LIS research across the UK (2009-2012) To explore the extent to which LIS research projects influence practice (2011) To create outputs to support the use and execution of research by librarians and information scientists (2012) To develop a UK-wide network of LIS researchers (2011-2012)
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  14. 14. Research, Impact, Value & LIS - #lis_rival - Edinburgh - 11th July 2018 IMPACT Benefits to economy, society, culture, public policy/services, health, environment, and/or quality of life beyond academia
  15. 15. Research, Impact, Value & LIS - #lis_rival - Edinburgh - 11th July 2018 IMPACT THEMES IN THE LIS LITERATURE 1. Evaluation of library and information services Considers the impact of the use of resources accessed through libraries and information services e.g. in end-user decision-making Common in healthcare librarianship 2. Methods for the evaluation of library and information services Explores means of evaluating services in context of demonstrating value and improving their return on investment 3. Bibliometrics Quantitative analyses of publication collections: heavy use of citation data and altmetrics (Academic impact) 4. Relationship between LIS research and practitioner work in the domain Assesses the extent to which theory informs practice and – to a lesser extent – how practice informs theory
  16. 16. Research, Impact, Value & LIS - #lis_rival - Edinburgh - 11th July 2018 IMPACT MEASUREMENT CHALLENGES IN LIS: EXAMPLES ‘Research into practice’ conceived as a linear process in a single domain:  Time lags between execution of research and its applicability/application  Identification of impact when it lies elsewhere Lack of attribution/recognition:  Research-informed training sessions  Journalists’ reports in professional literature Funding mechanisms:  Research projects funded for the execution of research  Funding (not usually) provided for enhancing or measuring impact, e.g. for extensive dissemination strategies, impact evaluation studies ‘Gaming’ in measurement:  To present the best picture  REF
  17. 17. Research, Impact, Value & LIS - #lis_rival - Edinburgh - 11th July 2018  Establishment of Library and Information Science Research Australia (LISRA) March 2016  CILIP LIRG ‘invigorated’, adoption of Coalition practices/initiatives  Research skills in CILIP’s (new) Professional Knowledge and Skills Base (PKSB)  Some activities in Canada: library research symposia in Ontario All impact cited above is at the level of the profession, rather than services delivery - consistent with the Coalition’s main aims (Indicative) impact of LIS Research Coalition To facilitate a co-ordinated and strategic approach to LIS research across the UK (2009-2012)
  18. 18. Research, Impact, Value & LIS - #lis_rival - Edinburgh - 11th July 2018 1. Had DREaM workshop participants innovated in the workplace since 2012? 2. Had their post-DREaM research determined services provision and/or influenced the LIS research agenda? 3. To what extent could they point to any impact of their post-DREaM research on end-user communities? 4. Had the DREaM network opened up new opportunities for their research? 5. Did they continue to work as a network? Impact of DREaM: assessed in DREaM Again study To develop a UK-wide network of LIS researchers (2011-2012)
  19. 19. Research, Impact, Value & LIS - #lis_rival - Edinburgh - 11th July 2018  Online survey  Focus groups in Edinburgh and London  Some data collected by phone and email  32 out of the full population of 35 DREaM cadre members provided data  Article (forthcoming) addresses RQs 1-4  Article published in Journal of Documentation addresses RQ5  Hall, H., Cruickshank, P. & Ryan, B. (2018). Long- term community development within a researcher network: a social network analysis of the DREaM project cadre. Journal of Documentation, 74(4), 844-861. DREaM Again methods and outputs
  20. 20. Research, Impact, Value & LIS - #lis_rival - Edinburgh - 11th July 2018 RQ1: Had DREaM workshop participants innovated in the workplace since 2012?  Yes – but the extent to which this can be attributed to DREaM cadre membership is difficult to assess  If not innovating themselves, DREaM workshop participants support innovation of end-users in their research activities (e.g. encouragement of the use of techniques such as social network analysis)  Indications that the growth in the research confidence of members attributable to DREaM participation will embolden them to innovate in the future
  21. 21. Research, Impact, Value & LIS - #lis_rival - Edinburgh - 11th July 2018 RQ2: Had their post-DREaM research determined services provision and/or influenced the LIS research agenda? Yes – but the extent to which this can be attributed to DREaM cadre membership is difficult to assess
  22. 22. Research, Impact, Value & LIS - #lis_rival - Edinburgh - 11th July 2018 RQ3: To what extent could they point to any impact of their post-DREaM research on end- user communities? Primarily as research methods evangelists
  23. 23. Research, Impact, Value & LIS - #lis_rival - Edinburgh - 11th July 2018 RQ4: Had the DREaM network opened up new opportunities for their research? YES!  Growth in confidence as researchers has encouraged uptake of opportunities that might have previously been dismissed  Much on-going research-related activity (including publishing – all role types), around a quarter of which has been undertaken with other cadre members: 52% peer reviewing; 24% bidding for research funding; 21% winning research funding  Learning from DREaM applied in majority of research outputs identified  Clear indications that much of this activity would not have occurred without DREaM  Links between levels of network connectivity and productivity: the 12 most connected cadre members were also the most productive
  24. 24. Research, Impact, Value & LIS - #lis_rival - Edinburgh - 11th July 2018 RQ5: Did they continue to work as a network? YES!  A loose, but persistent network endured  Social ties were more important than work ties  Network members with the greatest centrality were from academic institutions  Job status had no bearing on network centrality  Physical proximity was/is important to the maintenance of network ties
  25. 25. Research, Impact, Value & LIS - #lis_rival - Edinburgh - 11th July 2018 Social infrastructure Today’s delegates strengthen links to narrow gaps:  Librarians: academic, health, national, prison, public, school, special  Plus: LIS academics, professional body officers, independent consultants, users
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  28. 28. Research, Impact, Value & LIS - #lis_rival - Edinburgh - 11th July 2018 Next up: presentations on impact and value in practice
  29. 29. Research, Impact, Value & LIS - #lis_rival - Edinburgh - 11th July 2018 Contact Hazel Hall @hazelh http://hazelhall.org http://about.me/hazelh h.hall@napier.ac.uk +44 (0)131 455 2760 Slides on SlideShare at: http://slideshare.net/hazelhall
  30. 30. Research, Impact, Value & LIS - #lis_rival - Edinburgh - 11th July 2018 Practitioner research: value, impact, and priorities Professor Hazel Hall Edinburgh Napier University Conceptualisations of LIS research impact and value: Learning from the LIS Research Coalition and DREaM

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