What’s so wicked about wicked problems?

Media Article: For The Mandarin, Maria Katsonis briefly summarises a Policy and Society paper by B Guy Peters (University of Pittsburgh). The article draws on key arguments about the high level of use, or abuse, of the concept of wicked problems in a policy context. click here to read

ISRIA statement: ten-point guidelines for an effective process of research impact assessment

Journal article: This statement systematises expert knowledge and practitioner experience from designing and delivering the International School on Research Impact Assessment (ISRIA). It brings together insights from over 450 experts and practitioners from 34 countries, who participated in the school during its 5-year run (from 2013 to 2017) and shares a set of core values … Continue reading ISRIA statement: ten-point guidelines for an effective process of research impact assessment

Building informal knowledge‐sharing relationships between policy makers and academics: Insights from a PM&C engagement project

Journal Article Annette Quayle and Bernadette Kelly outline a project to encourage knowledge sharing and engagement between academics and a policy team within the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. The project was designed to enhance policy advice by drawing on a group of academics outside the policy ranks to act as a sounding … Continue reading Building informal knowledge‐sharing relationships between policy makers and academics: Insights from a PM&C engagement project

An introduction to achieving policy impact for early career researchers

Journal article Despite significant advances in scholarship dedicated to understanding and improving the relationships between science, policy and practice, much of the existing literature remains high level, theoretical, and not immediately accessible to early career researchers who work outside of the policy sciences. In this paper, Megan C Evans and Christopher Cvitanovic draw on the … Continue reading An introduction to achieving policy impact for early career researchers

Reconceptualising research impact: reflections on the real-world impact of research in an Australian context

Journal article Joanne Doyle presents the results of a study conducted with researchers in a regional Australian university to explore the lived experience of research impact. The findings suggest a new definition of research impact as the process whereby research knowledge makes a difference to the knowledge beneficiary.  click here for article

Making an impact with research: How to engage critically with well-meaning advice

Blog post Paul Cairney and Kathryn Oliver present thoughts and guidance, based on their review of advice frequently offered to academics about how to use research to make an impact on policy. They focus on the relative lack of specific advice, and advice tailored to early career researchers, female researchers, and people of colour. click … Continue reading Making an impact with research: How to engage critically with well-meaning advice

Key issues in co-creation with stakeholders when research problems are complex

Journal article The extensive literature on research co-creation is mostly based on problems being treated as clearly defined and solvable. Gabriele Bammer explores the impact on co-creation when problems are complex. click here to read