Over 100K researchers report to their funders the outcomes, outputs and impact of their research into Researchfish. This enables research funders to measure research impact and report on over £45B of funding to government, their donors and other stakeholders, demonstrating their and your value. Our goal has always been to make the reporting process as simple as possible including harvesting data from 750 (and growing) different repositories, saving time and increasing the quality of information captured.
To reduce overall information requests from researchers
Many funders use reporting on Researchfish to replace long text based final reports. The way that information is collected in Researchfish means that it is much easier for funders to find, use and reuse it. This in turn can reduce the need for funders to request supplementary information to answer particular questions or to support analysis on specific policies e.g. Open Access.
To support the case for continued funding of research
The information supplied to funders helps them to explain how the research they fund contributes to the objectives set for them by governments or charitable trustees. This can help to ensure that the case for more funding for researchers is well evidenced and as robust as it can be.
To support accountability in funding decisions
The information supplied to funders can help to understand whether the original objectives of the funding have been met. It can also help to understand whether any particular outcomes have been achieved and whether any assumptions in the original funding decisions have been borne out.