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

Article

7 Dec 2018

Like all rankings, the UK's Research Excellence Framework (REF) has its share of shortcomings and moreover could be a damaging exercise for the humanities.

Other text

29 Nov 2018

CAUL and the AOASG have released this joint statement about the importance of Open Scholarship. The statement responds to recommendations in the Australian Government Funding Arrangements for non-NHMRC Research report recently released by the Standing Committee on Employment, Education and Training.

Journal article

15 Nov 2018

There is a growing concern in the humanities over ‘inhumane’ working conditions and practices that are damaging to scholars and the disciplines they work in. In recent years, tremendous institutional and governmental pressure has been placed upon university departments to show return on investment (ROI)...

Discussion paper

15 Nov 2018

Over the last forty years, there has been a change of worlds in funding research in the arts and humanities. In the Old World, there was little direct funding or assessment of AH research. In the New World, AH research is funded directly, it is...

Strategy

4 Oct 2018

Developed in consultation with the Pacific Arts community, this strategy sets out Creative New Zealand's priorities for investment in the development of Pacific Arts over the next five years.

Audio interview

1 Oct 2018

How do we decide the value of art? And who is best equipped to do so?

Report

27 Sep 2018

This report concludes that to unlock innovation in New Zealand in the future, it is important for policy-makers, universities and investors to consider focusing on strengthening the contribution of universities to innovation.

Audio podcast

26 Sep 2018

What form should tertiary education take if it is to cultivate virtuous citizens?

Article

20 Sep 2018

Web archives have been used as evidence in court cases and in the court of public opinion—often to hold politicians and governments accountable for things they have said in the past.

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...

Article

21 Aug 2018

When did culture become a number? When did the books, paintings, poems, plays, songs, films, games, art installations, clothes, and all the myriad objects that fill our lives and which we consider cultural, become a matter of statistical measurement?

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

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.

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...

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.

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...