Assessing the impact of research relevant to international development: sharing lessons and improving coherence
This event aimed to enable the Department for International Development (DFID), the Research Councils and other funders and stakeholders to further consider how research impact can be recognised and assessed when it comes to international development. It brought together people who have been considering some of the issues around research impact, but who have not had the opportunity to meet before.
Please see the workshop report here.
Please see a list of key resources which were highlighted at the workshop which might be of use.
Key conclusions and next steps
Engaging the research community
• Training for researchers on communication and engagement is required, but dedicated staff to assist with these activities are also needed – we can’t expect researchers to do everything
• A workshop should be held to explore lessons learnt in the context of impact, rather than only hearing about success stories; a ‘failure’ conference
• Identify how to ensure that impacts are real and not constructed (verification is key – particularly where beneficiaries are in the South)
• Systems for capturing impact must be simplified and cover a full range of outputs/activities: research outcomes, relationships/partnerships, capacity building.
• There must be demonstrable benefits of capturing outputs to both funders and researchers, e.g. through links to the Research Excellence Framework (REF)
• A one day session solely looking at impact assessment, bringing in more practitioners including southern partners, think tanks, academics, stakeholders
the UK Collaborative on Development Sciences and ESPA will work with participants to bring together the relevant people to make progress in aligning approaches to impact amongst funders.
The Research Excellence Framework: assessing the impact of research - Kim Hackett, Research Excellence Framework team