Higher Education Impact Strategies around the World
Learn more about how different locations approach research impact – from national assessments to institution-led strategies
How Do Different Locations Approach Research Impact Strategies?
Traditionally in higher education, research impact has been aligned with bibliometric measures which capture elements of research productivity and academic impact (i.e. number of publications and citations). However, such measurements do not tell the full story of how academic research is making contribution to the economic, environment and environment. How do we know through number of publications or number of citations that renowned research is benefiting individuals, organizations or even public policy making?
One important way, which has seen varying states of adoption worldwide, is by incorporating consideration of impact beyond academia into national assessments – frameworks that, depending on region, can play a critical role in determining the amount of funding an institution can receive.
Analysis of Research Assessment in Hong Kong
Hong Kong’s University Grants Committee (UGC) introduced impact as part of its cyclical research assessment for the first time in 2020. We undertook an analysis with partners in Hong Kong, examining various factors and avenues around the sorts of research impact featuring in the Hong Kong universities that were assessed by the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2020.
Among the findings are that it takes an average of 17 years for research to make an impact in society. You can download the report to learn more:
What are some examples of HEI impact strategies around the world?
Several of Denmark’s universities have adopted impact strategies, although there is as of yet no overarching national research assessment. Learn more about some of the institutional strategies through the analysis here.
The Strategy Evaluation Protocol (SEP) is a formative, rolling exercise designed to evaluate and improve research in the Netherlands. As part of this, impact and engagement are addressed, especially under the umbrella of societal relevance.
PBRF QE 2025
In June 2022, New Zealand’s Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) agreed in principle to recommendations to extend the definition of research excellence – which could lead to impact assessment playing a role in funding distribution after the next Quality Evaluation round in 2025.
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