Why Report Research Impact?
"...the information we gather through Researchfish® enables BBSRC to demonstrate to government the benefits of investing in UK bioscience research...," Melanie Welham, Chief Executive's Blog, BBSRC (Research outcomes data collection – a vital part of the bioscience ecosystem)
Comprehensive research impact reporting gives a broader and deeper understanding of the activities of research, showing pathways to research impact. This enables organisations to inform future funding strategies and increase opportunity for collaboration.
With the REF and its international equivalents, being able to fully measure and report research impact across all the research carried out is now critical.
"Researchfish ... is a vital source of information for the ESRC, providing us with evidence and impact case studies to highlight the benefits of social science research," Rhian Jones, Senior Information Analyst, ESRC (Researchfish: spreading the word about your research)
Capture, measure and report research impact to:
Communicate with stakeholders
Provide a strong evidence base to support continued funding
Enable evidence based policy/strategy discussions
Support accountability in funding decisions
Support an improved understanding of research
Some examples of how research impact has been measured and reported can be seen on the right.