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Building an impact literate research culture: Research Impact Summit talk Nov 2016

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Extended slides from my talk for the international Research Impact Summit http://researchimpactsummit.com.

For a related commentary see the blog post at https://juliebayleyblog.wordpress.com

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Building an impact literate research culture: Research Impact Summit talk Nov 2016

  1. 1. Building an impact literate research culture Julie Bayley Health Psychologist, former Impact Officer, ARMA Impact Champion @JulieEBayley https://juliebayleyblog.wordpress.com/ j.bayley@coventry.ac.uk Winner 2015 - Impact
  2. 2. Impact: The demonstrable real world benefit of research Key words Attributable, Change, non-academic, evidence,
  3. 3. Impact = change Patient access to services Quality of life Effectiveness of therapy Confidence in self care Mortality Severity of symptoms Medicine waste Misdiagnosis Improved Reduced
  4. 4. Primary academic drivers Assessment Public benefit and social responsibility Funding
  5. 5. Unease ‘Test anxiety’ ‘Not expert’ ‘Other people do it’ attribution Fatigue Delivering on expectations Academic Resourcing Research management Information management Collating formal submissions Prioritising Managing change Strategy Institution Access Usefulness Appropriateness Suitability Needs based Sustainability Burden User Challenges
  6. 6. LITERATE WHAT Indicators Evidence Beneficiaries Tracking Assessment process Skills Application Tailoring Interaction Activities Outputs Engagement processes Demonstrable benefits (impact) Insufficient understanding of roles and skills Insufficient understanding of endpoints / effects Insufficient understanding of processes Impact literacy From Bayley, J. and Phipps, D. Building the Concept of Impact Literacy. Paper submitted.
  7. 7. WHAT HOW WHO Develop internal impact ‘agency’ Identify and enhance own skills Define effects with beneficiaries Engage, build & maintain partnerships Choose appropriate activities Select dissemination formats Recognise & value engagement activities Identify indicators Track and report Resource engagement Embed impact into core research processes Support academic and professional staff development Find institutional partners Information management Strategic alignment Longer term monitoring Comms support Apply and share skills Partner with skilled others Reward Developing an impact literate culture Clarify roles Upcoming skills paper: Bayley, J., Phipps, D., Batac, M. and Stevens, E. Development and synthesis of a Knowledge Broker Competency Framework. Accepted in Evidence and Practice
  8. 8. Top tips 1. Embed impact into the research process • Don’t just bolt it on at the end of a project 2. Recognise ‘one size doesn’t fit all’. • Fundamental research and arts and humanities can particularly struggle with blunt measurements of impact 3. Harness and build skills within institution; build your impact agency • Build impact literacy across the organisation 4. Engage not enrage • Impact is achievable but not simple. Value the effort as well as the result
  9. 9. Impact is achievable. But it’s not simple Support processes Value people Connect meaningfully @JulieEBayley https://juliebayleyblog.wordpress.com/ j.bayley@coventry.ac.uk

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