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1 UKCDS/DFID/IDRC Workshop: Evaluation of Research Impact Margaret Macadam, Principal Impact Evaluation Manager, ESRC

2 Evaluation of Research Impact: Options and Challenges ▶ Importance of conceptual framework  Non-linearity of policy/practice development  Many influencing factors and routes to impact  Continuum of impact ▶ What are the problems? ▪ Timing ▪ Attribution ▪ Invisibility ▪ Measurement ▶ The ESRC impact evaluation model:  Impact processes and contexts  Evidence of impact determinants  Range of perspectives to build evidence base  Predominantly qualitative

3 Key impact determinants ▪ Established networks & relationships with research users ▪ Awareness of the policy & practice context ▪ Users involved at the outset and throughout (Co-Production) ▪ Early and well-planned user engagement and knowledge exchange strategy ▪ Accessible findings (language, format) ▪ Credibility - portfolios of research activity that build reputations with research users ▪ Good infrastructure and management support ▪ Role for intermediaries & brokers as translators, amplifiers, network providers

4 Further Information ▶ Taking Stock a Summary of ESRC’s Work to Evaluate the Impact of Research on Policy & Practice (February 2009) ▶ Branching Out: New Directions in Impact Evaluation from the ESRC’s Evaluation Committee (February 2011) ▶ assessment/analysis-and-scoping.aspx assessment/analysis-and-scoping.aspx


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