Last week Research to Action attended the Future of Impact Conference in London, hosted by the DESCRIBE project (University of Exeter). The audio recordings are now available here as a podcast.
Monitoring and evaluation
It’s not easy to measure the impact of development research in bringing about positive change. It’s even harder to show how communications efforts, and expenditure, helps to achieve both research objectives, and development outcomes. This section aims to offer key resources and insights to help support better monitoring and evaluation of research uptake activities.
Universities are leading the formation of an ‘impact industry’ in the UK. After the DESCRIBE Project’s Future of Impact Conference, James Harvey argues that there is a clear case for more dialogue between professionals operating in this area.
In his latest post, Andrew Clappison reflects upon the discussion that took place during the Future of Impact Conference, and encourages us to think about the value of impact beyond the UK’s Research Excellence Framework (REF)
Next week (10th April 2013), ‘The Future of Impact’ Conference will take place at Woburn House in London. The event aims to “showcase leading national and international inquiry into the Impact of university research”.
This working paper offers guidelines that nonprofit organizations can use when designing evaluations to learn about both their investments in communications strategies and the impacts of those investments.
In this post, James Harvey explores some difficult and unanswered questions on research ‘impact’, such as “How deep is our understanding of influence itself?” and “Do we really have the processes in place to detect influence at all?”
In this article, James Harvey examines the relationship between influence and impact and how the questions that arise have implications for current thinking on monitoring and evaluation.
The five competencies framework is an exercise enabling an organisation (or a group of organisations) to work out, in a simple and effective manner, what different elements have to learn, and what they have to share in the realm of organisational learning and knowledge management.
This Background Note describes a case study of one attempt to assess the impact of a knowledge product: The Vietnam…