The Australian government this year will pilot new ways to measure the impact of university research.
As recommended by the Watt Review, the Engagement and Impact Assessment will encourage universities to ensure academic research produces wider economic and social benefits.
This fits into the National Innovation and Science Agenda, in which Australian taxpayer funds are targeted at research that will have a beneficial future impact on society.
This policy is the subject of an article published on the Sciblogs guest blog (here).
The questions they address are –
1. What should be the object of measurement?
2. What should be the timeframe?
3. Who should be the assessors?
4. What about controversial impacts?
5. When should impact evaluation occur?