CGHE webinar series

Webinar 3 | Research Assessment and Impact

Date: Tuesday, 23 April 2024 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: Zoom webinar, registration required
Speaker(s):
  • Gemma Derrick, University of Bristol
  • Dr Julie Bayley, University of Lincoln

Event Materials

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Research impact forms a significant part of research assessment (eg. REF), and we now have many excellent examples of the significant impact research has on society. Julie Bayley will present how case studies of stellar impact can mask the scale of effort needed to drive impact, the contributions of those outside the core research team, and the opportunities not pursued in an assessment-led system. Julie Bayley will argue that as we continue to embed impact into the research landscape, we need to embed healthy institutional and sector practices to ensure impact is not only meaningful, but doesn’t hurt. The global push to legitimise excellence in research that extends beyond academia, has been met with equal concerns about how to evaluate ex-ante claims using communised evaluation heuristics of risk, feasibility and excellence. To add to this complexity is that while applicants are grappling with how to frame and present competitive ex-ante impact statements, evaluators too are unsure of how to evaluate these statements fairly and within the desirable norms of transparency and accountability. Evaluation works best when the values and expectations of the applicants are mirrored by the evaluators. Gemma Derrick will present a thematic, linguistic analysis of ex-ante Impact statements, contained within research proposals to the Research Council of Norway, Forskningsråde (RCN) and the scores awarded by the evaluation panel. Using a conceptualisation of the proposal components, research presents a model of how applicants construct ex-ante impact statements in research proposals, and theorises how panels use these components in evaluation. The research also creates a language around the construction of impact narratives by applicants and offers insights for evaluators seeking to evaluate the concept.

Event Notes

This webinar is part of the CGHE webinar series on ‘Research on Research’, based on the CGHE Research on Research project. Find out more about other webinars from this series here.

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