Gabriele Bammer is a Professor at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health in the Research School of Population Health. She is developing the new discipline of Integration and Implementation Sciences (I2S) to improve research impact on complex real-world problems.
The requirement to demonstrate research impact is growing in prominence. It is no longer sufficient for research to only provide greater understanding of a problem or issue. Researchers and those who fund them want to see findings used to bring about an improvement.
Given that research translation or implementation activities run the gamut from issuing a one-off media release to full engagement with the political process, how can we get effective handles on achieving research impact in a way that makes it easy to document, assess and teach?
Three frameworks will be presented, examining 1) how research can have impact, 2) kinds of change and 3) targets for research impact. They will be used to reflect on:
• recognising diverse levels and forms of research impact
• a new publication culture as the primary reward structure
• required support
• a potential new master program.