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Real world approaches to assessing the impact of research on policy. Annette Boaz King’s College London 23 rd September 2010. Outline. Models of the relationship between research policy and practice Rationales for assessing impact What can we learn from the literature?
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King’s College London
23rd September 2010
Relationship – two communities
Linear – relay race
Systems – co-production
Co-locating researchers and policy makers
Participation in Networks
Joint research projects
See Nutley, Walter and Davies, 2007, pp 81-83,
See also Overseas Development Institute
Why assess the impact of our research?
In its quest for excellence, the European Commission must and will encourage, promote
and support every effort to understand and monitor the quality of research at universities. 1
Promoting organizational achievements
1Commissioner Janez Potočnik, Assessing Europe’s University-Based Research, 2010
Focusing the review on policy use
Initiatives to increase research use
Denmark, Spain and Norway
Wide range of methods and approaches (often in combination):
· Qualitative methods: semi-structured interviews, documentary analysis, field visits and observations
· Quantitative methods: surveys, bibliometrics and patent/new technology tracking
· Panels and peer review
· Workshops and focus groups
· Process tracking
French Ministry of Ecology, Energy, Sustainable Development and the SeaTen impact assessment case studies
Land and Water Australia
Stockholm Environment Institute
The Irish Environmental Protection Agency
Environment Agency (England and Wales)
Finnish Environment Institute
Swedish Environmental Protection Agency
Embedded approach: Ten year independent evaluation, four year strategic evaluations, internal annual evaluations, annual researcher self evaluation
Goal: how to increase impact
Some useful references and websites:
-The Overseas Development Institute RAPID programme: http://www.odi.org.uk/programmes/rapid/
- Wooding S, Nason E, Klautzer L, Rubin J, Hanney S and Grant J (2007) Policy and practice impacts of research funded by the ESRC. A case study of the Future of Work programme, approach and analysis. Cambridge: RAND Europe. http://www.rand.org/pubs/technical_reports/2007/RAND_TR435.pdf
Managing Editors: Annette Boaz, Division of Health and Social Care Research, King's College London, UK and David Gough, Institute of Education, University of London, UK Volume 6, 2010, 4 issues: January, May, August and November http://www.policypress.co.uk/journals_eap.asp