Over a 36-month period, the project expands through four work packages at Department of Communication & Psychology ranging from a compressive review of impact indicators and frameworks to data-collection and validation of case studies.
WORK PACKAGE 1
WP1 develops a rich and comprehensive impact taxonomy based on three sources of information: (i) a qualitative and quantitative mapping of existing registration practices and categories based on research records in PURE; (ii) an extensive review of research taxonomies drawing on relevant international experiences and tools, and (iii) interactive feedback from researchers at Aalborg University through a number of participatory workshops, interviews and focus groups. The resulting taxonomy is operationalized in a user-friendly web-based research registration platform.
WORK PACKAGE 2
WP2 consists of real-time registration of engagement activities at Department of Communication and Psychology at Aalborg University. The pilot project collects data from more than 100 researchers over a 12-month period in 2017-18 with the possibility of extending the registration based on feedback. Registration includes information about engagement and dissemination activities as well as formal and informal products and processes emanating from the research – covering a wide of range of impacts such as advisory functions, memberships, consultancy, quality assessment, speaker roles, stakeholder meetings, seminars and contributions to media, newsletters, magazines, websites, documentaries, exhibits, policy-making, etc. Data collection is facilitated by a number of interactive workshops as well as administrative support provided by the project. Based on the registration of direct links and interactions recorded in the database, the second part of WP2 consists of developing impact case studies. Research groups are asked to produce case studies documenting and explaining key examples of how they have brought about broader societal impacts (in society, economy, environment).
WORK PACKAGE 3
WP3 provides external qualitative feedback and validation of impact case studies and the underlying data. A panel of peer reviewers is asked to assess the link between evidence (recorded activities and links) and case studies, and reflect upon the configuration of interactions, collaborations and networks formed through the project. The task of WP3 is not to evaluate research groups or individual researchers but to assess behavioral compliance, data coverage, and provide feedback on the underlying impact taxonomy. In addition to the peer review panel, a number of focus groups will be carried out with the purpose of collecting insights about user-experiences, including knowledge about barriers and enablers of real-time impact registration activities.
WORK PACKAGE 4
WP4 has a dual purpose of analyzing the data collected through the registration tool, the impact case studies and feedback from the peer review panel. Key findings are summarized in qualitative and quantitative studies and research contributions. Data-mining exercises are carried out with the aim of establishing significant causal relations between researchers, external stakeholders, networks, types of interactions etc. Network analysis and semantic models are implemented to provide an overview of the corpus of interactions and to map the impact profile of the participating research groups onto their bibliometric profile. Finally, WP4 will establish a data repository for the participating researcher to create impact profiles (portfolios) that can be used for future grant applications and highlight key impact cases.