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State of the art in assessing research impact: introduction to a special issue

State of the art in assessing research impact: introduction to a special issue

Donovan, Claire ORCID: 0000-0002-6105-7794 (2011) State of the art in assessing research impact: introduction to a special issue. Research Evaluation, 20 (3). pp. 175-179. ISSN 0958-2029 (Print), 1471-5449 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.3152/095820211X13118583635918)

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Abstract

Papers in this special issue were developed at an international workshop on ‘State of the Art in Assessing Research Impact’, hosted by the Health Economics Research Group at Brunel University. The workshop debated what constitutes state-of-the-art methods for assessing the ‘impact’ (or broader societal returns) of research. Metrics-only approaches employing economic data and science, technology and innovation indicators were found to be behind the times: best practice combines narratives with relevant qualitative and quantitative indicators to gauge broader social, environmental, cultural and economic public value. Limited consultation between policy-makers and the research evaluation community has led to a lack of policy-learning from international developments. Little engagement between research evaluation specialists and the academic community has cast ‘impact’ as the height of philistinism: yet ‘impact’ is a strong weapon for making an evidence-based case to governments and research funders for enhanced financial support, and ‘the state of the art’ is suited to the characteristics of all research fields (including the humanities, creative arts and social sciences) in their own terms.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: research impact, metrics, narratives, state of the art
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Department of Education & Community Studies
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2020 13:25
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/29609

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