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...
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.
Assessing the quality of health research from an Indigenous perspective: the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander quality appraisal tool
This article presents the development and trial of a tool to assess the quality of research from an Indigenous perspective, specifically health research involving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australian settings.
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...
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...
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.
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...
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...
Rewarding researcher–industry engagement and collaboration: Developing an ‘Impact and Engagement for Australia’ (IEA) metric
OECD data shows that Australian researchers are less engaged in collaboration with industry than their counterparts in other countries. This is of particular concern for Australia given the large proportion of our researchers in the public sector. Calls to address this problem have increasingly been...
DASSH response to the Australian Research Council, Department of Education and Training’s Engagement and Impact Assessment consultation paper
We urge a broad and inclusive definition of 'engagement' and support a selective use of case studies chosen to demonstrate patterns of direct and indirect impact on end-user benefits. We caution about the limits of metrics to adequately represent the quality of our research and...