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Understanding research impact

What is research impact?

Research impact has many definitions and is described broadly as all the diverse ways that research benefits individuals, organisations and nations through increasing effectiveness of public services and policy, improving quality of life and health, or economic benefits. As with translation, many terms are being used to refer to the concept of research impact. These include research ‘benefit’, ‘payback’, ‘translation’, ‘transfer’, ‘uptake’ and ‘utilisation’. 

It is necessary and important to define research impact and to distinguish between ‘academic impact’, considered to be the research knowledge contribution to a field of study within academia, and ‘non-academic impact’, impacts that go beyond academia. 

Research impact is the contribution that research makes to the economy, society, environment or culture, beyond the contribution to academic research. (Australian Research Council)

 

Impact is a complicated and messy topic that is being tackled by research funders and research organisations globally. The impacts of research are not easily quantified, there can be considerable time lags, and impact may be from accumulated knowledge and not a specific research finding

The measurement and assessment of impact of the research endeavour has become more and more important. Researchers are increasingly expected to be accountable and produce value for money from their research and funders are keen to demonstrate the benefits or research spending

Impact measurement and the returns on investment of research is being used to highlighting how funding is being used.

If you would like to get a handle on non-academic impacts this workshop is for you.

Workshop outcomes:

  • Understand the definitions and terminology around non-academic impacts.
  • Learn about the different categories of impact and how they are achieved in the different fields of research.
  • Know the pathway to create impact and the elements of successful impact.
  • Understand impact activities and how they relate to the impact types.
  • Learn about impact indicators and the evidence required to support impact claims.

All our workshops include

 Evaluation

This allows us to examine our performance, and to provide feedback regarding the value of the workshop to the individual and their organisation.

Implementation

During the workshop participants will work on relevant elements for their own projects. Participants will leave with ideas and a plan of next steps to be undertaken. In some cases, all implementation may be possible during the workshop period.

Workbook

Participants will have a valuable resource to refer back to as they implement their new knowledge.

Coaching

Access tailored implementation support in a follow-up coaching session. All workshops include a follow-up coaching session with each participant to cover any questions and concerns and to facilitate the implementation process.

Action plan

Participants will use action items developed throughout the workshop to develop their plan for the coming months. The plan is developed in a purposeful and strategic way to help progress learning and make sure that time out for this workshop is not wasted but instead leveraged.

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What people are saying about our workshops

  • Great ambassadress

    With a recent introduction to the concepts of KT I was excited and hopeful to be referred to Knowledge Translation Australia. I found Tamika to be a great ambassadress for the place and processes of KT in research and practice. I look forward to contributing to the ‘closing of the loop’

    Krista Watts, Peter Doherty

  • I Have Achieved One of My Goals

    I have achieved one of my goals from my 90 day action plan already as I was motivated to tick one of my boxes off early! (Took 2hrs)

    Workshop Attendee, NSW Local Health District, July 10, 2018

  • Very Useful

    I really enjoyed your workshop today about knowledge translation and research impact. I found it very useful and will certainly be implementing some ideas.

    Leanne Morrison, Lecturer, RMIT University, June 2018

  • Worth my time

    It was a great workshop. I learned a lot. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your knowledge. I loved having a set of rules to follow.

    Molly Driediger, PhD,  Postdoctoral Scholar, Child Health & Physical Activity Laboratory, Western University, Canada

  • Highly Beneficial

    This was a highly beneficial workshop

    Workshop Attendee, NSW Local Health District, July 10, 2018

  • Great workshop

    Tamika facilitated a great workshop which provided the participants with a lot of food for thought. Researchers are often stuck in their research and grant writing bubble but Tamika’s workshop challenged how they thought about their work, interactions with industry and approach to writing grants. Feedback from the participants was very positive and I am sure they all walked away with many valuable pieces of advice and practical applications.

    Dr Nikki Sims-Chilton, Principal Project Officer, Office of the Queensland Chief Scientist

  • Highly recommend

    “I would highly recommend Tamika’s Knowledge Translation Workshop. It was great for brainstorming, interactive learning, and problem-solving.  The creative exercises got everyone relaxed and involved and the take-away handouts are an excellent resource moving forward.”

    Dr Amina Khambalia, Clinical and Population Perinatal Health Research, Kolling Institute, The University of Sydney

    The KT roadmap workshop June 2016

  • Wow!

    Just wow! I cannot wait to apply everything I have learned. I look forward to following your advice and really soaking everything in over the next few days. I have 4 FB pages, 3 Twitter accounts, 3 LinkedIn accounts, and an Instagram. Your Hootsuite suggestion may have just saved my sanity. Top notch workshop. I cannot wait to see you back in Canada or virtually in a webinar.

    Nicole Webb Saint Marys University Canda Project & Communications Manager @workwellnesslab  Halifax Nova Scotia, Canada

  • Great practical value!

    Tamika’s approach to teaching the value and power of social media was both practical and excellent. She stimulated interest in the course material in an engaging and well organised way. The overall feedback from the participants was overwhelmingly positive. The true value of this workshop was revealed over the following 3 days at our scientific retreat where participants sent and responded to multiple tweets and LinkedIn stories of the latest advances being presented at the retreat.  I would highly recommend this workshop.
    Professor Maria Kavallaris
    Director, Australian Centre for NanoMedicine, University of New South Wales
    Chair, Education Committee, ARC Centre of Excellence in Bio-Nano Science 

  • More successful in conducting knowledge translation

    If I had done this KT Australia workshop with Tamika before embarking on my project, I would have been more successful in actually conducting knowledge translation in its true form – from dissemination to implementation in practice.”

    Loretta Piccenna, National Trauma Research Institute & Monash University

  • Highly Beneficial

    This was a highly beneficial workshop

    Workshop Attendee, NSW Local Health District

  • Great Workshop

    Tamika facilitated a great workshop which provided the participants with a lot of food for thought. Researchers are often stuck in their research and grant writing bubble but Tamika’s workshop challenged how they thought about their work, interactions with industry and approach to writing grants. Feedback from the participants was very positive and I am sure they all walked away with many valuable pieces of advice and practical applications.

    Dr Nikki Sims-Chilton, Principal Project Officer, Office of the Queensland Chief Scientist

  • Great workshop

    Great workshop, it was very helpful to get started with the actual text for the three fields. Thanks!

    Workshop Attendee, Melbourne University

  • Informative

    Great and informative workshop

    Workshop Attendee, NSW Local Health District

  • Simple and reliable explanation of KT and impact creation

    Simple, and relatable explanation of KT and impact creation – that really hits home with academics

    Ryan Wendt, College of Business, RMIT University

  • Valuable experience

    One of the more valuable workshops I have attended in quite a while.

    Workshop Attendee, Massey University

  • Very Useful

    I really enjoyed your workshop today about knowledge translation and research impact. I found it very useful and will certainly be implementing some ideas.

    Leanne Morrison, Lecturer, RMIT University

  • I Truly Enjoyed this Workshop

    I truly enjoyed this workshop and have made some relevant decisions for our research projects based on the content and ideas presented.

    Dr Ana Mantilla, Research Associate and Project Manager, Learning Sciences Institute Australia, Australian Catholic University