Mapping Alternative Impact: Alternative approaches to impact from co-produced research

Rachel Pain, Kye Askins, Sarah Banks, Tina Cook, Grace Crawford, Lee Crookes, Stella Derby, Jill Heslop, Yvonne Robinson, Dave Vanderhoven

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Abstract

• In order to encourage and support co-produced research, RCUK, HEFCE and Universities should expand the concept of “research impact” used. • The "donor-recipient" model of impact, where a single knowledge producer (University/academic) impacts on economy or society in a linear fashion, is not relevant to co-produced research. • Instead, impact is a collaborative, transdisciplinary praxis, that involves collaborators from different backgrounds coming together to undertake research with a common purpose. • This approach of participatory co-production can create additional value-added in terms of both knowledge and impact, as many research projects have successfully demonstrated. • Institutional infrastructure, especially around research funding, research support and impact audit procedures, must shift in order to address the differences in time, openness and relationships required for this approach to reach its full potential.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationUK
PublisherDurham University
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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