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Measuring Research Impact

Increasingly, researchers and research institutions need to demonstrate the quality and impact of their research
The Research Impact LibGuide provides an overview on the methods CSIRO uses to measure research impact, as well as providing links to online tools, training, and resources

The Definition of Research Impact

Research impact is the demonstrable contribution that research makes to the economy, society, culture, national security, public policy or services, health, the environment, or quality of life, beyond contributions to academia

Impact Measurement Principles

An Australian Government working group developed the following principles to underpin the measurement of research impact.

  • Acknowledge that excellent research underpins impact.
  • Promote understanding through use of common language and terms associated with research impact.
  • Respect the diversity in research disciplines/sectors in demonstrating research impact.
  • Cooperate in developing a set of common, cost effective and efficient parameters for data collection and reporting.
  • Adopt a consultative approach with stakeholders in regards to implementing impact reporting in support of future research investments.
  • Encourage, recognise and reward positive behaviour in planning, monitoring and evaluating research impact.

If you need further information, contact Ask a Librarian for advice on appropriate tools and methods to measure and maximise research impact and quality