- Professor Robyn Owens
- Deputy Vice-Chancellor
- (Research), UWA
As a world-class university, UWA serves its communities not only by the excellence of its education and research activities and outcomes, but through its broader contribution to the intellectual, cultural and social life of local, national and international communities.
It is our social obligation to translate the results of our research to these communities and as reflected in the UWA Strategic Plan 2020, we must demonstrate our impact and value to the societies we serve.
In addition, funders and stakeholders are increasingly focusing on measuring the impact of research. You will be expected to demonstrate the impact or potential impact of your research.
View this infographic for a summary of what’s involved in research impact and browse the Research impact glossary.
Importantly, you need to start thinking about potential impacts at the research planning stage . The “Plan-on-a-Page” (research proposal writer’s quick guide) can help with this.
The ARC also has impact guidance web page, detailing Research Impact Principles and Framework:
Talk about research impact with your collaborators and ensure that you collect evidence for impact throughout your research. There’s no magic formula to collecting evidence of potential impact. Whether you keep handwritten notes or maintain an elaborate diary, keep it safe!
Talk about your research – Facebook it and tweet it if that’s your thing, try to capture what people are saying about your research online – use Google Alerts, PlumX Metrics in Socrates or whatever other tools you have available. The main thing is to have some record you can turn to later.
For more assistance, contact your RDA.