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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

This book is a very important contribution in the ever-changing field of research, now facing a new paradigm-shift where impact in terms of making changes in society has been pointed out as an important issue. As there is a gap between producing breakthrough research results and inform about them in a way making it possible for society beyond academica to use the outcomes, this book is important to every researcher. To make difference as a researcher, in the sense of producing research results with impact, is a matter of articulating the results in an understandable and interesting way. This book is an answer to the questions we researchers have of how to cope with the new requirements and helps us in an excellent way to understand how to bridge the gap between our research results and how to disseminate them in a broader society than we usually do. Mona Holmqvist This book is both timely in its publication and of potential enormous benefit to HEI and rsquo;s and academics as the emphasis in research in UK Universities and elsewhere shifts more and more towards the Impact of research and away from the Output of research. The text is well separated into easy to read chapters dealing various aspects of the Impact Agenda and most chapters are planned is such a way as to pose questions to the reader which help them to reflect on their own particular situation. For this reason the book will be an invaluable asset to all HEI and rsquo;s, Research Centres and Institutes, Graduate Schools and individual academics. Prof Mick Fuller This is a book that both challenges your thinking about achieving impact in research while also providing helpful practical support. The format of the book guides you through the text providing practical tips and suggestions along the way. The integrated personal reflection points and activities embedded throughout are helpful in keeping you fully engaged with the subject. I can highly recommend this book to students, researchers and academics. Janet Bohrer Assistant Director - Standards, Quality and Enhancement
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.