What do we need to do to capture Impact?

I am drafting a high level specification to try and outline what we need our systems and processes to do to capture and report on Impact.

Ideally the solution will address RCUK and REF requirements as well as facilitating publicity and collaboration.

We’re hoping impact and  ‘date of impact’ will have one standard definition.

An ‘impact’ might be associated with one or more output, award, project and/or person.

Some impacts might need a publicity setting of ‘no’ so if we decide to store these in our Repository that requires some changes as the ethos of the repository to date has been public availability.

We’ll look into flagging of ‘top 4’ outputs/impacts and some ideas we have about management of multiple claims to outputs.

We will also start investigating requirements for upload of files such as pdf and mp3.

Our process will need to be User Friendly and clearly demonstrate benefits to end Users.

What are you doing at your institution?  Any questions or ideas for the sector?


2 Responses to What do we need to do to capture Impact?

  1. Anna Clements says:

    We are using the CERIF-CRIS PURE from atira.dk to record impact and related to outputs, projects, activities, people, events and organisations
    We can upload documents, such as full text, against individual outputs and flag as publicly available [which triggers feed through to dspace IR taking necessary metadata with it]. We can also upload documents, such as impact case studies and control whether available publicly.
    Thus we use CERIF to create the context and links between the entities and the IR as a repository for files related to these entities.
    This is early days yet and we haven’t collected anything for real – and we expect the model to evolve as we find out what is useful for the users and when we know what we will be required to submit to REF

    • Valerie says:

      Hi Anna,

      Thanks for your comment. Your developments sound really interesting and I would love to have a look when you have it up and running.

      I am really looking forward to trying out CERIF data format as part of the CRISPool project that we are involved with in partnership with you and colleagues at Edinburgh. Feel free to tell the world about your project through this blog – we can even set you up a category specfically for this if you wish.

      It is very useful to hear that the wide variety of approaches have a lot in common. You have a nice clean starting position whereas we feel equally lucky because we have existing data rich systems that we already use to deliver information about research output. Seems a lot of HEI’s are coming at this from a repository angle either from scratch or from sound existing repositories which contain a wealth of publications, conference papers, journal articles and similar materials that one would expect to find in a library. In addition at Glasgow we have our well established and data rich Research System from which to draw the information required on collaborations, innovation, and a variety of further funding including grants and contracts. We *just* need to extend ours to cover new requirements emerging from RCUK and REF and we are on the way to doing that.

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