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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

  • 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

  • Comprehensive and thoughtful

    Tamika’s workshop provided a comprehensive and thoughtful introduction to knowledge translation with great resources and follow up. The interests and challenges of the participants were well considered and addressed.

    Vikki Leone, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 

  • Fantastic

    The workshop was fantastic. It was one of the most useful training sessions I’ve ever attended.

    Dr. Natassia Goode, Senior Research Fellow and Theme Leader Organisational Safety, Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems, University of the Sunshine Coast

  • Thank you 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

  • Highly recommend

    Really good presenter, really liked the model.

    Workshop Participant, ARMS 2014

  • Fabulous

    Many thanks for a fabulous workshop – the presenter , content and afternoon tea were all wonderful!

    Lynda McNamara, Queensland Cerebral Palsy Health Service Department of Health

  • 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

  • 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

  • Valuable experience

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

    Workshop Attendee, Massey University

  • Thank you

    Effective and interactive presenter who made it enjoyable for beginners.

    Workshop Attendee, Deakin University VIC

  • Knowledge Translation in its True Form

    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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Worthwhile

    Updated and added to my existing knowledge

    Workshop Attendee, Massey University

  • This Was Really Great

    Thanks again! Despite being a bit beyond me (i.e. the workshop was pitched more so at late ECRs and early MCRs), this was really great info for me know and practice in moving forward.

    Workshop Attendee, Griffith University