Access, engagement, then impact: factors affecting decision-makers’ use of research

« Academics are increasingly encouraged to engage end-users in research, based on the assumption that increased engagement will lead to increased research impact. Universities have a tendency to think about engagement in relation to securing research investment and partnerships by engaging industry, government, or donors. In Australia, this is reinforced by the way research performance is assessed. The engagement metrics applied in Australia’s first Engagement and Impact Assessment are based on industry, government, and other commercial investments in research. (…) »