Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment: “A change to the economy, society or environment, beyond contribution to knowledge and skills in research organisations."
Health Research Council: "The direct and indirect influence of excellent research on individuals, communities, or society, including improvements to health and equity, and other social, economic, cultural or environmental benefits for New Zealand."
In Aotearoa New Zealand it is important to consider benefit to Māori. Refer to Vision Mātauranga - a framework providing strategic direction for engaging in research that is relevant to Māori.
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. (2019). The impact of research: Position paper. https://www.mbie.govt.nz/dmsdocument/6983-the-impact-of-research-position-paper-october-2019-pdf
Health Research Council of New Zealand. (2019). Making a difference: The Health Research Council investment impact report. https://www.hrc.govt.nz/sites/default/files/2019-11/Investment%20Impact%20Report%202019_0.pdf
Consider the potential impact your research will have and create a plan for achieving it.
Developing a pathway to impact is increasingly required in funding applications.
These are useful tools to help you plan for impact.
HRC: Pathway to Impact Model
MBIE: Results Chain Framework
Create a plan using these headings - enter information relevant to your research in each column.
Inputs: existing knowledge, including Mātauranga Māori, skills, people, infrastructure.
Activites: all research related activities.
Outputs: publications (for example articles, theses), products/processes (including datasets and software), intellectual property.
Outcomes: policies, tools, programmes, citations.
Impacts: the change resulting from the outcomes - to individuals, communities and society.
Measuring the full impact of your research can be difficult!
These readings provide more insight into the complexities of measuring research impact:
It is important to acknowledge the limitations of using metrics to evaluate research. Responsible use of metrics means using them in an ethical and appropriate way, in conjunction with qualitative assessment of research outputs and activities.