[Duraspace] What is ‘research impact’ in an interconnected world? | Unlocking Research

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Fri Sep 25 16:47:08 SAST 2015

Perhaps we should start this discussion with a definition of ‘impact’. The
term impact is used by many different groups for different purposes, and
much to the chagrin of many researchers it is increasingly a factor in the
Higher Education Funding Councils for England’s (HECFE) Research Excellence
Framework. HEFCE defined impact as:

*‘an effect on, change or benefit to the economy, society, culture, public
policy or services, health, the environment or quality of life, beyond

So we are talking about research that affects change beyond the ivory
tower. What follows is a discussion about strengthening the chances of
increasing the impact of research.

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