The Research Impact Project

The Research Impact Project

The purpose of the Research Impact Project

This project will deliver a framework that will enable Australian medical research institutes to measure research impact and how it contributes towards knowledge, society, health and the economy.

Medical research outcomes can range from new treatments for patients, new policies, development of medical devices to job creation – this is what is known as Research Impact.

Based on the findings of the project, a simple and standardised framework will be developed to help identify and measure progress towards research impact, and enhance the sector’s ability to translate research findings into real-world outcomes and benefits. This will also improve the sector’s ability to demonstrate research impact, and maximising the return on investment made by government, industry and philanthropic funders in alignment with the needs of stakeholders.

The first phase of the Project is about identifying what the end user stakeholders of research – including health and medical research organisations, funders of research, government, industry and community organisations – identify as research impact.

The second phase of the Project will involve AAMRI member medical research institutes participating in a Delphi process to co-develop the framework for identifying and measuring research impact.

The Working Group

With the generous support of The Ian Potter Foundation, the Working Group is developing this framework in consultation with medical research institutes and their stakeholders, including funders, that represent a range of research priorities.

 

Phase 1: What is research impact? (currently open)

Stakeholder engagement

Take the survey

The project Working Group and Advisory Group have co-designed a survey to engage with the end-user stakeholders of research to find out what they think impact and success in research looks like. End-user stakeholders of research include: health and medical research organisations, funders of research, government, industry and community organisations.

The findings of Phase 1 will be used to inform and refine the development of a framework for identifying and measuring research impact in Phase 2 of the project.

This survey is now open and closes on October 31, 2019. 

 

Phase 2: How can research impact be measured and improved?

Developing a Framework for Understanding the Impact of Research

Medical research institutes all across Australia play a leading role in translating research into health, development and wellbeing. AAMRI’s 52 member institutes are internationally recognised leaders in health and medical research that work on a broad spectrum of human health issues ranging from fundamental biomedical discovery through to clinical research and the translation of research findings from bench to bedside.

The second phase of the Project will involve AAMRI member medical research institutes participating in a Delphi process to co-develop the framework for identifying and measuring research impact. This will involve participation in up to four survey rounds to gain consensus and build on the research and knowledge translation practices and indicators identified through Phase 1 of the Project.

The outcome will be a Framework of good research translation and knowledge translation practices, and indicators for the effective implementation of these.

We are now recruiting for Phase 2 of the Project, if you would like to participate, please register your interest.

 

Project Timeline

Phase 1 – What is research impact? 
Stakeholder survey
Currently open
Closes Thursday, 31 October 2019

Phase 2 – How can research impact be measured and improved?
Delphi survey round 1:
Opens November 2019
Subsequent rounds to commence in February 2020

Framework delivery early 2020.

 

The AAMRI Research Impact Group

Contact

For more information about the project you can email researchimpact@aamri.org.au

AAMRI member institutes involved in the Working Group:

  • Children’s Medical Research Institute
  • Mater Research
  • Murdoch Children’s Research Institute
  • Telethon Kids Institute
  • QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute
  • Diamantina Institute (within Translational Research Institute)

Project Advisory Group:

  • Children’s Cancer Institute
  • Hunter Medical Research Institute
  • Menzies Institute for Medical Research (UTAS)
  • South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute
  • The George Institute for Global Health
  • Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research

Additional Technical Experts:

Anne-Maree Dowd (CSIRO), Abigail Powell (Centre for Social Impact), Matt Bevan (Social Impact Measurement Network Australia), Adam Kamenetzky (National Institutes for Health Research, (UK).