Measuring the Impact of Research: What do we know? (Part I)
Canadian Health Services Research Foundation, Insight–Action Issue 46 (October 16, 2008)
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Organizations that fund research are under intense pressure to show that the research they support brings value to their communities.i In fact, in
• A common reason for measuring the impact of research is to demonstrate accountability, but results of measuring can also be used to guide improvements in research and programming.
• Health research impacts generally include: knowledge production; research capacity-building; informed decision-making; health and health sector benefits; and economic benefits.
• Among some of the widely used methods for measuring the benefits from research are bibliometric analysis, economic rate of return, peer review, case studies, logic modelling, and benchmarking. Taking a multi-indicator, multi-method approach is advised.
Related online Papers:
RAND Europe. 2006. “Measuring the benefits from research.” Policy Resource.
Canadian Institutes of Health Research. 2005. “Developing a CIHR Framework to Measure the Impact of Health Research – Synthesis Report of Meetings
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