Research Impact Assessment: why, how and who?
This #OTalk will be led by Dr Jenny Preston, Consultant Occupational Therapist @preston_jenny with @NikkiDanielsOT on the @OTalk_ account.
During the @theRCOT 2020 Elizabeth Casson Memorial Lecture I challenged the occupational therapy profession to consider the role, purpose and current practice in relation to research impact assessment. This #OTalk Research chat aims to continue this conversation in an attempt to more fully understand the current landscape in relation to occupational therapy research while also providing an opportunity to share learning about the variety of methods that are currently being used to translate new knowledge into policy and practice.
Research impact assessment in itself is recognised as a new field of scientific endeavour (Milat et al, 2015) and the occupational therapy profession needs to consider its contribution to this complex and growing field of enquiry (Greenhalgh et al, 2016). During this #OTalk we will discuss the current evidence for research impact assessment and the associated challenges in demonstrating how research investment leads to improvements in policy, practice, resource allocation and ultimately the health and well-being of the community (Milat et al, 2015). We will seek to identify which conceptual frameworks are currently being used to describe and understand the impact of occupational therapy research.
Additionally we will explore why research impact assessment is important to the occupational therapy profession by understanding how we are currently describing, measuring and communicating research impact. Through the discussion we will begin to explore the dimensions of benefit to inform future work on the development of indicators and metrics (Banzi et al, 2011) while seeking to develop a more common understanding of terminology. Evidence of how occupational therapy researchers are engaging with all stakeholders and partners in the assessment of impact will also be considered.
Finally we will seek to share experiences of how occupational therapy researchers are developing and articulating evidence that facilitates a quicker return on investment by supporting the profession to select the most effective and cost effective interventions so that quality and appropriateness can be maximised (Banzi et al, 2011).
In preparation for this #OTalk Research you may wish to consider the following questions which will be discussed on the night:
- Do you have any experience of research impact assessment?
- How do you build assessment of research impact into your research proposal?
- Which models of impact assessment are you currently using?
- What are the key dimensions of benefit when describing, measuring and articulating research impact?
- Who should determine the impact of research?
Banzi R, Moja L, Pistotti V, Facchini A, Liberati A (2011) Conceptual frameworks and empirical approaches used to assess the impact of health research: an overview of reviews. Health Research Policy and Systems, 9:26, 1-10
Greenhalgh T, Raftery J, Hanney S, Glover M, (2016) Research impact: a narrative review. BMC Medicine 14:78 DOI 10.1186/s12916-016-0620-8
Milat AJ, Bauman AE and Redman S (2015) A narrative review of research impact assessment models and methods. Health Research Policy and Systems, 13:18, 1-7