Research engagement

Journal article

Are research-policy engagement activities informed by policy theory and evidence? 7 challenges to the UK impact agenda

This article seek to answer the question - in what should we invest if we seek to maximise the impact of research?
Report

Improving research use in international development

This project aimed to bring together policy-makers, practitioners and researchers to better understand the individual and organisational drivers, incentives and ways of working that contribute to, or inhibit research use, and to help shift them. This report synthesises the findings that emerged from the project.
Guide

Ethics in evaluation

This document outlines the ethical issues that should be considered in any evaluation and provides guidance on when an evaluation is likely to need a formal review by a Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC).
Report

Mapping the current landscape of research library engagement with emerging technologies in research and learning: final report

Technologies that have emerged or become ubiquitous within the last decade have profoundly changed the ways that scholars, students, and the general public create and engage with information. This report identifies strategic opportunities for research libraries to adopt and engage with emerging technologies, with a...
Journal article

Advancing science or advancing careers? Researchers’ opinions on success indicators

This study found most researchers work far beyond their expected work schedule and, although they spend most of their time doing research, respondents wished they could dedicate more time to it and spend less time writing grants and performing other activities such as administrative duties...
Report

Maximising the impact of global development research: a new approach to knowledge brokering

The report provides lessons and recommended practices for all those funding and designing social science research for development and seeking to maximise its impact beyond academia.
Journal article

We need to talk about how we talk about disability: a critical quasi-systematic review

This quasi-systematic review uses a critical disability framework to assess definitions of disability, use of critical disability approaches, and hierarchies of credibility in library and information science (LIS) research between 1978 and 2018.
Conference paper

Takt maturity model: from individual successes towards systemic change in Finland

This study aimed to conceptualize the requirements for systemically implementing takt production within projects and organizations in the form of a maturity level model.
Report

Advancing Open: views from scholarly communications practitioners

In May 2019, the Canadian Association of Research Libraries hosted 'Advancing Open,' a gathering for Canadian scholarly communication practitioners to discuss ways to advance open scholarship in Canada. This report summarises the discussion from the event, outlining the state of open scholarship in Canada and...
Report

Open access to research publications: independent advice

This report sets out advice by Professor Adam Tickell, Chair of the UK Open Access Co-ordination Group, on open access to research policy. The independent advice was requested by Minister for Universities and Science Jo Johnson in July 2015.
Report

Open access to research publications-2018: independent advice

This is the second independent report on Open Access received from Professor Adam Tickell, Chair of the UK Open Access Co-ordination Group. It presents a refreshed evidence base, and answers specific questions requested by the Minister for Universities and Science, Jo Johnson, in November 2017.
Report

Social interoperability in research support: cross-campus partnerships and the university research enterprise

This report defines social interoperability and describes the network of campus units involved in major areas of university research support services. It concludes by offering recommendations for cultivating successful cross-campus relationships.
Guide

How to engage with policy makers: a guide for academics in the arts and humanities

This guide shows that there are steps that academics can take to improve their engagement with public policy and to make it meaningful for their research. While these activities may involve an investment of time, they offer the opportunity to make a tangible difference, and...
Report

Improved wellbeing or distress? Measuring the impacts of participation in a COVID-19 survey on participant wellbeing

For many throughout the world, the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in drastic changes to life and social circumstances through health concerns related to the fear of infection with coronavirus, the negative impact of physical distancing measures and economic upheaval. For these reasons, COVID-19-related research has...
Report

Developing a persistent identifier roadmap for open access to UK research

Persistent identifiers (PIDs) are a crucial technical component of the modern scholarly information system. The fact that PIDs are built to operate ‘between’ systems and to serve as linking structures gives them a special resonance in open research systems.
Journal article

Does engagement predict research use? An analysis of The Conversation Annual Survey 2016

To identify factors that predict use of academic research and expertise, regression analyses were performed using The Conversation Australia 2016 Annual Survey data. Different types of engagement actions predicted different types of use. This suggests that to achieve impact through increased engagement, a deeper understanding...
Journal article

Evidence based practice for the built environment: can systematic reviews close the research-practice gap?

A high performance building is designed and operated to minimise environmental impact whilst providing an indoor environment that maximises occupant health and comfort. The wealth of academic research into technical and non-technical solutions for high performance building continues to grow. However, industry utilisation of academic...
Discussion paper

Impact re-loaded

The use of the term “impact” in the social sciences and humanities has lately acquired a defensive tone. This paper argues that the “impact” of SSH could and should be seen as actively contributing to the transformative relationship between science and society.
Report

Report of the review of research policy and funding arrangements

In 2015, the Minister for Education and Training conducted a review of research policy and funding arrangements (the review). As part of the review consultation process, universities were invited to submit case studies to highlight particularly productive relationships they had cultivated with end users of...
Commentary

'Not a lot of people read the stuff': how planning defies good theory

Research into the way cities do – or do not – work can make a critical contribution to urban policy and practice. Yet this research finds that urban policy practitioners rarely engage with applied urban research outputs. This is despite practitioners identifying research as an...