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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

  • 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

  • Many thanks Tamika! I just want to say that what you do – bringing “impact” to the forefront of researchers mind is so important and valuable to society! Keep up the fantastic work!

    Dr Anh L.H. Tran, Senior Lecturer in Humanitarian Engineering, Coventry University, UK

  • Stimulating Some Very Interesting Conversation

    Pleasure to listen to a very knowledgeable and competent presenter who can engage the audience very well, stimulating some very interesting conversation

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

  • Highly recommend

    Really good presenter, really liked the model.

    Workshop Participant, ARMS 2014

  • 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 

  • Very informative

    Very enthusiastic, energetic, good presentation skills, dynamic

    Workshop Participant, ARMS 2014

  • Interesting and enlightening

    As an experienced teacher and a novice researcher I found the Mastering Knowledge Translation Workshop to be both interesting and enlightening. There is a vast amount of literature on the value of research in education and equally as much literature on the value of good teaching practice. The conceptual framework presented in the workshop illustrated for me a way that research could be communicated more effectively to inform and change practice.

    Dr Christina  Lee, School of Education, Edith Cowan University

  • Spot On!

    The KT Australia, Mastering Research Translation workshop was succinct but also comprehensive. The information provided was spot on for people working in research and/or a health education/promotion project. I will easily be able to start using the knowledge from the workshop in my daily work.

    Roslyn Giglia, Telethon Kids Institute

  • Thanks Tamika!

    Thanks again for today’s workshop – it was extremely useful and very inspiring. I feel really motivated to make sure my research really drives change in practice from now on and you’ve armed me with a range of ideas to do so!

    Freya MacMillan, Lecturer of Interprofessional Health Sciences, University of Western Sydney

  • Thank you!

    Your ability to understand my project and apply KT principals helped me to unlock, then articulate the best way to plan and describe the successful translation and implementation of my proposed project. I will hopefully contact you with news of my successful Fellowship and definitely look to engaging your talents to increase my skills and then improve outcomes for trauma patients across New South Wales!

    Dr Lisa Sharwood, Research Manager & Post Doctoral.

    Fellow John Walsh Centre for Rehabilitation Research. The University of Sydney

  • Inspiring!

    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

  • Informative

    Great and informative workshop

    Workshop Attendee, NSW Local Health District

  • Amazing Workshop

    I would like to say thank you for this amazing workshop

    Workshop Attendee, Massey University

  • The workshop ran very well and was useful for ECRs

    The workshop ran very well and was useful for ECRs in illustrating the important of communication and establishing a dialogue with stakeholders.

    Workshop Attendee, Australian Rivers Institute

  • Motivating Explanations and Strategies

    If you need to know more about knowledge translation, this easy to follow workshop provides motivating explanations and strategies.

    Jane Burns, Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

  • Thank you Tamika!

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

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

  • 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

  • Highly Beneficial

    This was a highly beneficial workshop

    Workshop Attendee, NSW Local Health District