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


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


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.


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


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

  • Thank you Tamika!

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    Ana Mantilla, Research Associate and Project Manager

    Learning Sciences Institute Australia, Australian Catholic University

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

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

    The KT roadmap workshop June 2016

  • A most valuable half-day in the two-year research journey Thank you, Tamika.

    It was a pleasure attending this workshop. A conscious effort to maximise the use and application of research arguably involves stakeholders. Understanding the KT process model has helped me demystify any complexities I had and provided me with a plan to heighten the impact of work I have immersed myself in.

    Antoine Musu, Doctoral Scholar & Educator, Business School, University of Western Australia.



  • Outstanding investment of my time

    Outstanding investment of my time…one of the best all day workshops I have attended.

    Workshop Attendee, RMIT University, June 2018

  • 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

  • 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