HASS Engagement & Impact

Supported by the Australasian Council of Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (DASSH), this collection features resources about the important role of humanities, arts and social science (HASS) research and its contribution to society. We welcome further relevant content in this collection. Please contact editors@apo.org.au

HASS Engagement & Impact

Commentary

5 Sep 2018

A parliamentary inquiry seems to be carefully avoiding the real challenge for Australia’s national museums, archives and libraries, writes David Stephens.

Journal article

28 Aug 2018

In most established democracies, there is a desire to combine policymaking with evidence, earning a notch of legitimacy for policy and research alike. The use of evidence in policymaking is a good idea, but like many good ideas it is more complicated in practice than...

Report

8 Aug 2018

In the state of Victoria, there is a role for both the education system and for the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) in the teaching and awareness of civics. The committee believes that civics and a lack of public understanding about the way our democracy works...

Blog post

Exploring the benefits and challenges in matched crowdfunding
6 Aug 2018

In 2016 Nesta launched the Arts and Heritage Matched Crowdfunding Pilot, to explore the potential of mixing crowdfunding donations with grant funding. The pilot saw arts and heritage initiatives raising money for a diverse range of projects; from plays and art exhibitions, to launching new...

Report

30 Jul 2018

This White Paper draws on experiences from OPERAS partners to illustrate researchers’ concerns and to develop a guide with FAQs and solutions to address these issues. The White Paper concludes with advocacy suggestion sheets tailored to different stakeholders involved in Open Access in the social...

Report

30 Jul 2018

Scholarly publication is indisputably boosted by the use of the English language. However, the need to publish in English in order to get visibility and recognition represents an impoverishment of certain research fields, particularly in Social Sciences and Humanities.

Journal article

25 Jul 2018

We wanted to rethink how our library supported open access, so we attempted to ask ourselves and our staff why they supported “open” and how they defined “open”. By unpacking our institutional and individual understandings of “open” using design thinking principles, we were able to...

Journal article

10 Jul 2018

This paper draws on the available literature and the authors' own experiences working in the environmental sciences to provide an accessible resource for early career researchers (ECRs) seeking to achieve policy impact in their chosen field.

Commentary

19 Jun 2018

For industries to adopt innovations and for research to have an impact, there must be significant shifts in people’s behaviours, their perceptions, and the ways communities engage with research. These activities are the research focus of the humanities, arts, and social sciences (HASS) disciplines.

Research report

15 May 2018

This report is based on the premise that the use of impact assessments can bring substantial benefits to the research community, including enabling the community to better communicate its value, encouraging developments in research and teaching, and — fundamentally — helping the community find ways...

Audio

1 Apr 2018

We often hear that the academic Humanities and social sciences are in crisis—underfunded, out of touch with the job market, hamstrung by political correctness and moral relativism. So why study philosophy? And could a good dose of scientific method help to solve the problem—if indeed...

Journal article

1 Apr 2018

In 2016, the Collections Directorate of the MIT Libraries convened a Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice (DISJ) Task Force to explore ways to manifest DISJ values in our daily work.

Report

15 Mar 2018

This paper is intended to serve as a prompt for Arts Council England’s consultation activity over the forthcoming months, with the intent of provoking a conversation with arts and cultural organisations about the changing context for their work.

Report

19 Feb 2018

This report investigates the roles, opportunities and support available for early career researchers in the social sciences in the United Kingdom.

Research report

30 Jan 2018

It is now taken for granted that trialling and testing inform medical practice. The What Works Centres that sit at the heart of the Network have begun to bring that same transformative approach to other public sector professions.

Research report

19 Jan 2018

Researched and prepared in partnership with Oxford Economics and with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, this comprehensive report quantifies the economic benefit of museums, including jobs, direct spending, and supply-chain effects.

Journal article

8 Jan 2018

Publishing by organisations has proliferated in the digital era, becoming a key tool in influencing public debate and part of the evidence-base for public policy and practice, yet it is often overlooked as a form of scholarly publishing. This paper looks at the way organisations...

Video

18 Dec 2017

To produce evidence with ‘impact’, and know how to ‘make evidence count’, we need to understand the policy process and how evidence is produced and used in a complex system.

Research report

8 Dec 2017

This report provides university and research library leaders with useful insights on emerging practices and infrastructures in European research information management (RIM), on the current and future role of persistent person and organization identifiers, and, more specifically, on incentives and barriers to adoption.

Policy

8 Dec 2017

Research infrastructures are long-term enterprises. They are increasingly diverse in nature, may operate under very different models of governance and financing, and within diverse and evolving financial and political contexts. They represent strategic investments which are indispensable for enabling and developing research in all scientific...