Strengthening the links between researchand practice: the Research in Librarianship     Impact Evaluation Study (RiLIES)  ...
Professor Hazel Hall• Director of the Centre for Social  Informatics, Edinburgh Napier University  – h.hall@napier.ac.uk; ...
Professor Hazel Hall• Director of the Centre for Social  Informatics, Edinburgh Napier University  – h.hall@napier.ac.uk; ...
The impact agenda: why?• Investment in research should deliver a socio-  economic impact
The impact agenda: why?• Investment in research should deliver a socio-  economic impact  – Need for an evidence base on w...
The impact agenda: why?• Investment in research should deliver a socio-  economic impact  – Need for an evidence base on w...
The impact agenda: why?• Investment in research should deliver a socio-  economic impact  – Need for an evidence base on w...
Impact in the context of Library and       Information Science• The evaluation of library and information  services  – Wha...
Impact in the context of Library and       Information Science• The evaluation of library and information  services  – Wha...
Impact in the context of Library and       Information Science• The evaluation of library and information  services  – Wha...
Impact in the context of RiLIES• To what extent do funded research projects in  library and information science influence ...
Impact in the context of RiLIES• To what extent do funded research projects in  library and information science influence ...
Impact in the context of RiLIES• To what extent do funded research projects in  library and information science influence ...
RiLIES project team• Centre for Social Informatics, Institute for  Informatics and Digital Innovation, Edinburgh  Napier U...
RiLIES project stages• February to July 2011• Desk research  – Literature review• Empirical work  – Practitioner poll  – 5...
5 “Impactful” studies identified        from the practitioner poll1.   Open to all (2000)2.   eValued (2004)3.   Researche...
Findings: new insight• Preference amongst practitioners for face-to-  face dissemination channels  – Much greater than pre...
Findings: new insight• Preference amongst practitioners for face-to-  face dissemination channels  – Much greater than pre...
Findings: new insight• Preference amongst practitioners for face-to-  face dissemination channels  – Much greater than pre...
Findings: new insight• Preference amongst practitioners for face-to-  face dissemination channels  – Much greater than pre...
Project conception and plans for       impact• Practitioners need to be involved in research  design
Project conception and plans for       impact• Practitioners need to be involved in research  design• Funders need to supp...
Project conception and plans for       impact• Practitioners need to be involved in research  design• Funders need to supp...
Project execution for impact• Practitioners need to participate in the  research from the outset, with appropriate  – Meth...
Project reporting for impact• LIS research output needs to be accessible to  the target audience  – Where?     • Best in t...
Project reporting for impact• LIS research output needs to be accessible to  the target audience  – Where?     • Best in t...
Receptive audiences for impact• Librarians and information scientists from less  research-active sectors can learn from th...
Receptive audiences for impact• Librarians and information scientists from less  research-active sectors can learn from th...
Receptive audiences for impact• Librarians and information scientists from less  research-active sectors can learn from th...
RiLIES as an example of good      practice for impact?• High relevance  – impact agenda
RiLIES as an example of good       practice for impact?• High relevance  – impact agenda• Influential stakeholders  – LIS ...
RiLIES as an example of good       practice for impact?• High relevance  – impact agenda• Influential stakeholders  – LIS ...
RiLIES as an example of good       practice for impact?• High relevance  – impact agenda• Influential stakeholders  – LIS ...
Further information• On LIS Research Coalition web pages  – Project page http://lisresearch.org/rilies-project  – Blog upd...
Acknowledgements• LIS Research Coalition  – especially Michael Jubb & Stephanie Kenna• Case study interviewees  – John Vin...
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The Research in Librarianship Impact Evaluation Project (RiLIES - pronounced 'realise') completed in August 2011 explored the extent to which funded librarianship research projects influence library practice in the UK. Of particular interest in the findings are the factors that increase or hinder the impact or project outcomes on practice.
This presentation, delivered at Online 2011, relates the main findings of the project related to: the relationship between the library and information science research and practitioner communities; how researchers can improve the impact of their research with careful attention to how projects are planned, conceived, implemented and reported; organisational factors that support the development of a receptive audience for research output.

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Strengthening the links between research and practice: the Research in Librarianship Impact Evaluation Study (RiLIES)

  1. 1. Strengthening the links between researchand practice: the Research in Librarianship Impact Evaluation Study (RiLIES) Presentation by Professor Hazel Hall Online 2011, London Olympia, 1st December 2011
  2. 2. Professor Hazel Hall• Director of the Centre for Social Informatics, Edinburgh Napier University – h.hall@napier.ac.uk; @hazelh
  3. 3. Professor Hazel Hall• Director of the Centre for Social Informatics, Edinburgh Napier University – h.hall@napier.ac.uk; @hazelh• Seconded to lead the implementation of the Library and Information Science Research Coalition – hazel.hall@lisresearch.org; @LISResearch
  4. 4. The impact agenda: why?• Investment in research should deliver a socio- economic impact
  5. 5. The impact agenda: why?• Investment in research should deliver a socio- economic impact – Need for an evidence base on which to base decision-making in public services • Need for the evidence base to be consulted
  6. 6. The impact agenda: why?• Investment in research should deliver a socio- economic impact – Need for an evidence base on which to base decision-making in public services • Need for the evidence base to be consulted – Research funders focus on value for money
  7. 7. The impact agenda: why?• Investment in research should deliver a socio- economic impact – Need for an evidence base on which to base decision-making in public services • Need for the evidence base to be consulted – Research funders focus on value for money – REF2014
  8. 8. Impact in the context of Library and Information Science• The evaluation of library and information services – What is the impact of these services?
  9. 9. Impact in the context of Library and Information Science• The evaluation of library and information services – What is the impact of these services?• Methods for evaluating library and information services – What is the best way to measure the impact of service provision?
  10. 10. Impact in the context of Library and Information Science• The evaluation of library and information services – What is the impact of these services?• Methods for evaluating library and information services – What is the best way to measure the impact of service provision?• Bibliometrics – What is the impact of this research on the research of others (academic impact)?
  11. 11. Impact in the context of RiLIES• To what extent do funded research projects in library and information science influence practice in the UK?
  12. 12. Impact in the context of RiLIES• To what extent do funded research projects in library and information science influence practice in the UK?• Which factors increase/hinder the impact of research findings on those who deliver library and information services?
  13. 13. Impact in the context of RiLIES• To what extent do funded research projects in library and information science influence practice in the UK?• Which factors increase/hinder the impact of research findings on those who deliver library and information services?
  14. 14. RiLIES project team• Centre for Social Informatics, Institute for Informatics and Digital Innovation, Edinburgh Napier University – Professor Hazel Hall – Peter Cruickshank – Ella Taylor-Smith – Jenny Gebel
  15. 15. RiLIES project stages• February to July 2011• Desk research – Literature review• Empirical work – Practitioner poll – 5 case studies of “impactful” projects – 3 sector-specific focus groups – Validation survey
  16. 16. 5 “Impactful” studies identified from the practitioner poll1. Open to all (2000)2. eValued (2004)3. Researchers’ use of academic libraries (2007)4. Evaluating clinical librarian studies (2009)5. School libraries in the UK (2010)
  17. 17. Findings: new insight• Preference amongst practitioners for face-to- face dissemination channels – Much greater than previously reported • Tailored presentation • Lower incidence of information overload • Addresses issue of fragmented infrastructures
  18. 18. Findings: new insight• Preference amongst practitioners for face-to- face dissemination channels – Much greater than previously reported • Tailored presentation • Lower incidence of information overload • Addresses issue of fragmented infrastructures• Social media for raising awareness of research – Immediacy, updates on on-going projects
  19. 19. Findings: new insight• Preference amongst practitioners for face-to- face dissemination channels – Much greater than previously reported • Tailored presentation • Lower incidence of information overload • Addresses issue of fragmented infrastructures• Social media for raising awareness of research – Immediacy, updates on on-going projects• Importance of research sponsorship
  20. 20. Findings: new insight• Preference amongst practitioners for face-to- face dissemination channels – Much greater than previously reported • Tailored presentation • Lower incidence of information overload • Addresses issue of fragmented infrastructures• Social media for raising awareness of research – Immediacy, updates on on-going projects• Importance of research sponsorship• Links between engagement and reward
  21. 21. Project conception and plans for impact• Practitioners need to be involved in research design
  22. 22. Project conception and plans for impact• Practitioners need to be involved in research design• Funders need to support research relevant to the needs of the practitioner community – Allied to this, explicit goal of research should be to influence practice
  23. 23. Project conception and plans for impact• Practitioners need to be involved in research design• Funders need to support research relevant to the needs of the practitioner community – Allied to this, explicit goal of research should be to influence practice• Research undertaken needs to have high level support – Steering committees, influential stakeholders
  24. 24. Project execution for impact• Practitioners need to participate in the research from the outset, with appropriate – Methods – Approaches – Dissemination strategies
  25. 25. Project reporting for impact• LIS research output needs to be accessible to the target audience – Where? • Best in teaching and community support materials
  26. 26. Project reporting for impact• LIS research output needs to be accessible to the target audience – Where? • Best in teaching and community support materials• Researchers need to take into account practitioner preferences for consuming research output – What and how? • Explicit recommendations in accessible language, delivered face-to-face
  27. 27. Receptive audiences for impact• Librarians and information scientists from less research-active sectors can learn from those where there is greater engagement – e.g. healthcare librarians
  28. 28. Receptive audiences for impact• Librarians and information scientists from less research-active sectors can learn from those where there is greater engagement – e.g. healthcare librarians• There is a need for training to support interest in research, and raise awareness of resources
  29. 29. Receptive audiences for impact• Librarians and information scientists from less research-active sectors can learn from those where there is greater engagement – e.g. healthcare librarians• There is a need for training to support interest in research, and raise awareness of resources• A CPD requirement related to research would encourage greater participation
  30. 30. RiLIES as an example of good practice for impact?• High relevance – impact agenda
  31. 31. RiLIES as an example of good practice for impact?• High relevance – impact agenda• Influential stakeholders – LIS Research Coalition & member bodies
  32. 32. RiLIES as an example of good practice for impact?• High relevance – impact agenda• Influential stakeholders – LIS Research Coalition & member bodies• Practitioner involvement – Project design and project execution
  33. 33. RiLIES as an example of good practice for impact?• High relevance – impact agenda• Influential stakeholders – LIS Research Coalition & member bodies• Practitioner involvement – Project design and project execution• Dissemination strategy and access – Social media – Face-to-face dissemination
  34. 34. Further information• On LIS Research Coalition web pages – Project page http://lisresearch.org/rilies-project – Blog updates at http://lisresearch.org• On Twitter – @LIS_RiLIES• Project report to be published by the Research Information Network
  35. 35. Acknowledgements• LIS Research Coalition – especially Michael Jubb & Stephanie Kenna• Case study interviewees – John Vincent, Dave Muddiman, Pete Dalton, Sheila Cannel, Alison Brettle, Sue Shaper, David Streatfield• Survey respondents and focus group members• “Supporters” – especially Elaine Fulton, Rhona Arthur, Amanda Poulton, Alison Brettle, Maria Grant, CILIP
  36. 36. Strengthening the links between researchand practice: the Research in Librarianship Impact Evaluation Study (RiLIES) Presentation by Professor Hazel Hall Online 2011, London Olympia, 1st December 2011

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