The skills associated with research evaluation and impact assessment have traditionally been relatively niche, often driven by academic interests rather than practitioner needs. This is changing in the UK and internationally with the increased focus on research impact. As a result, a number of providers have developed training and development courses including the International School on Research Impact Assessment (ISRIA)1.
4. Researchfish: A forward look, Hinrichs. S, Montague. E, Grant. J.
Researchfish are proud to be sponsoring this year’s ISRIA, being held from 19th September in Melbourne, Australia and as well as enjoying time in the sunshine, spotting koalas and kangaroos, and exploring Australia’s culture capital, our team at Researchfish will also be part of the faculty for the event and attending the school to continue to share our knowledge and explore with others the development of research impact assessment.
Beverley Sherbon, Impact and Evaluation Adviser for Researchfish, has over 9 years of experience, formally as Evaluation Programme Manager for the Medical Research Council and responsible for managing their evaluation portfolio. Beverley has a wealth of knowledge in reporting to government on research progress, productivity and impact and also funding and commissioning research into impact methodology.
Beverley will be part of the school’s faculty2 this year which is made up from international experts in research impact assessment and alongside the organising committee, the faculty team are committed to designing and delivering a high quality programme that best fits the needs of participants.
This years school program3 will feature areas on what research impact is, identifying an assessment purpose, defining indicators of success as well as developing the design, methods and data collection and then using this data to communicate your findings.
The Researchfish service has been adopted by funders across the UK, Europe and North America to enable them to collect their research outcomes in a consistent and structured method to enable research impact tracking. The new reporting suite gives comprehensive, one-click reports which can be used for communication, case studies and to show evidence for accountability, enabling better decisions on future funding allocation.
We are committed to help funders to realise the full impact of their funded research and be part of the growing community of practice.
1. International School on Research Impact Assessment (ISRIA) http://www.theinternationalschoolonria.com/
2. ISRIA School Faculty http://www.theinternationalschoolonria.com/faculty-2016.php
3. ISRIA School Program http://www.theinternationalschoolonria.com/docs/Program_2016.pdf
4. Researchfish: A forward look, Hinrichs. S, Montague. E, Grant. J. https://www.kcl.ac.uk/sspp/policy-institute/publications/Researchfish%20A%20forward%20look.pdf