In this journal article, Andrew Gunn (University of Leeds) and Michael Mintrom (ANZSOG/Monash University) explore how evaluation of non-academic research impact can measure impact effectively without undermining academic freedom and research excellence.
This article is published in the Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management behind a paywall, however, a summary published in the ANZSOG blog has been republished on BetterEvaluation with permission.
This resource and the following information was contributed to BetterEvaluation by Sophie Yates, ANZSOG.
Authors and their affiliation
Andrew Gunn (School of Education, University of Leeds) and Michael Mintrom (Professor of Public Sector Management, ANZSOG/Monash University)
Efforts to understand and evaluate research impact are gaining prominence around the world, but tracing the line of influence from one specific research project to a well-defined non-academic impact is difficult work.
This recent article by Andrew Gunn and Michael Mintrom addresses how evaluation of non-academic research impact can promote impact without undermining academic freedom and research excellence.
The authors offer various mechanisms for public universities to consider when attempting to understand and assess the impact that academic research can have – both inside and outside the academy.
Gunn and Mintrom conclude that non-academic impact should be selectively promoted and evaluated. This is how greater gains from research will be best captured.
How have you used or intend on using this resource?
This resource will be used by people in our organisation (ANZSOG) to expand and capture the impact that our research has. As our organisation offers research grants, it will be particularly insightful when considering and assessing research proposals.
Why would you recommend it to other people?
This article takes stock of the contemporary challenges facing the research impact agenda. It offers innovative and useful ways forward and is useful for anyone seriously considering ways to expand and understand the broader impact that academic research can have. It is highly relevant to government decision-makers and university leaders.
Gunn, A. & Mintrom, M. (2016). 'Evaluating the non-academic impact of academic research: Design considerations'. In Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management (Vol 39, Issue 1). Pp. 20-30. Retrieved from https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1360080X.2016.1254429