Defining research impact
What do we mean when we talk about research impact?
The concept “research impact” has been widely used in academic literature, but never clearly defined within the modern discourse. Five Queensland-based researchers, Kristel Alla, Wayne Hall, Harvey Whiteford, Brian Head and Carla Meurk, went on the search and proposed a conceptualisation of the term, especially in relevance to the impact of research when translated into policy.
Four core elements of research impacts are proposed as:
- contribution (the areas of research influence; e.g. economy, policies)
- avenues of impact (processes by which research could have impact; e.g. effects on knowledge, attitudes)
- change (synonyms used to describe “effects” or “benefits”)
- levels of impact (e.g. national, international).
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