Reconceptualising research impact: reflections on the real-world impact of research in an Australian context

Doyle, Joanne (2018) Reconceptualising research impact: reflections on the real-world impact of research in an Australian context. Higher Education Research and Development, 37 (7). pp. 1366-1379. ISSN 0729-4360

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Abstract

A focus on research impact is influencing the way research is undertaken in Australian higher education institutions. Research activities are planned, funded, conducted, assessed and reported in a way that highlights the real-world impact of research on society. The contemporary prioritisation of research impact, beyond scholarly contribution, reflects a logic model approach to understanding impact that may not adequately reflect the entwined nature of how research achieves impact within and outside academia. This article presents the results of a study conducted with researchers in a regional Australian university to explore the lived experience of research impact. The findings suggest a new definition of research impact as the process whereby research knowledge makes a difference to the knowledge beneficiary. Reconceptualising research impact as a process presents an alternative perspective for explaining how research achieves real-world impact, and helps to address the limitations of logic model approaches. A process-orientation to understanding how research achieves impact acknowledges the indirect, intangible, unexpected and endless influences of research that may be difficult to anticipate and demonstrate.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Submitted version made available in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Academic Division - Office for the Advancement of Learning and Teaching (1 Jan 2018 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Academic Division - Office for the Advancement of Learning and Teaching (1 Jan 2018 -)
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2019 01:32
Last Modified: 03 Jan 2020 01:21
Uncontrolled Keywords: research; impact; research impact; Australia; higher education
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/07294360.2018.1504005
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/36727

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