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Achieving Impact in Research

by Pam Denicolo SAGE Publications Ltd
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This unique addition to the Success in Research series addresses the importance of understanding and achieving impact for the purposes of gaining research funding and reporting achieved impact for the Research Excellence Framework (REF). The book includes contributions from researchers and researcher developers who feel that impact is ill-defined and poorly understood despite its prevalence in policy documents, websites and institutional activities. This succinct and cohesive text draws on the expert contributors' collective research practice, knowledge and experience. Using a variety of examples, boxed activities and highlighted reflection points, this practical guide covers the following key areas: - The meaning of impact in relation to research - How the Impact Agenda fits with attitudes and ethics that motivate research - The different characterisations of research impact and when impact is apparent - How impact can be planned into proposals, evaluated and evidenced - The skills needed to be an impactful researcher -How impact can be supported through Knowledge Exchange and effective partnerships This is a must-have guide for anyone seeking to understand and achieve impact in their own research.

What is the meaning of impact in relation to research and why does it matter? A view from inside academia - Colin Chandler
What is the meaning of the Impact Agenda - is it a repackaged or a new entity? Views from inside the Research Councils - Sophie Payne-Gifford
How does the Impact Agenda fit with attitudes and ethics that motivate research? - Jennifer Chubb
What are the different characteristics of research impact? - Jo Lakey, Geoff Rodgers and Rosa Scoble
When might research impact be apparent? - Christopher Wood
How can impact be planned into research proposals? - Rob Daley and Sara Shinton
How can impact evaluation be planned? - Tony Bromley and André de Campos
How can impact be evidenced: practical methods? - Tony Bromley
What skills are needed to be an impactful researcher? - Jennifer Chubb
How can knowledge exchange support the development of impact through partnerships and university infrastructures? - Andy Jackson
How can you become an impactful researcher? - Ellen Pearce and Pam Denicolo
Appendix I A special case: researcher development and the work of the impact and evaluation group - Christopher Wood and Pam Denicolo
Appendix II An illustration of the Researcher Development Framework (Vitae)
Appendix III The pathways to impact framework provided by RCUK

[Achieving Impact in Research] argues that the impact agenda does not fundamentally alter the priorities and direction of UK research. The authors even present the impact agenda as a developmental process that helps bring researchers' potential for non-academic influence into sharper focus. The soothing message of the different chapters is that the right skills, preparation and attitude help researchers create and evidence impact for a wide range of individual research projects. 
Professor (Emeritus) Pam Denicolo, a chartered psychologist, has just retired from her fulltime role at the University of Reading where she developed the Graduate School system and the post-registration professional practice and research element of the School of Pharmacy. Her passion for supporting and developing graduate students is demonstrated through her contributions as Vice Chair to the UK Council for Graduate Education Executive Committee, as chair of the Society for Research into Higher Education Postgraduate Network and Executive Editor of the Guides for Supervisors Series. She was a key contributor to Vitaeas development of the Researcher Development Framework (RDF) and the QAAas Doctoral Characteristics Advisory Group, and is currently contributing to the revision of the Code of Practice.