By Niki Ellis, Anne-Maree Dowd, Tamika Heiden and Gabriele Bammer
What does it take for research to be impactful? How should research impact be assessed? How much responsibility for impact should rest with researchers and how much with government, business and/or community partners?
We present five key insights based on our experience in achieving research impact in Australia:
- Planning for impact is essential
- Quality relationships trump all other factors
- Assessment of research contributions should be tailored to the type of research and based on team, not individual, performance
- Researchers alone cannot be responsible for achieving impact
- Be open to continual learning.