Welcome to our Research Impact Hub, where you'll find curated content on policy engagement, public engagement, and the role and contribution of publishers.
Whether the pressing issue is climate change or COVID-19, studies show that community participation in world-changing endeavors is absolutely imperative to individual participation. Research that has world-changing impact needs to reach politicians and policymakers who have the power to educate and influence communities. As publishers, we help translate and disseminate this research, which provides solutions to the biggest challenges of our time.
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by Dr Laura Brassington, Policy Manager, HEPI and Victoria Gardner, Director of Policy, Taylor & Francis
In Why open access is not enough: Spreading the benefits of research (HEPI Policy Note 42), co-authored by Dr Laura Brassington, Policy Manager at HEPI, and our own Victoria Gardner, Director of Policy at Taylor & Francis, they provide some solutions to the challenge of making research accessible outside of academia, including: offering tailored communication training and development for researchers; embedding researchers within decision-making bodies; industry placements for academics; and publisher-created spaces to facilitate engagement between academia, industry and the public.
by Sarah Chaytor, Director of Research Strategy and Policy at UCL
Open access does not automatically make research accessible. If policymakers are unable to find relevant research, or to understand highly technical outputs, they cannot make use of the evidence being published. Sarah Chaytor provides a framework to help policy communities benefit from the increasing volume of research in order to deliver evidence-informed policy.
Victoria Gardner, Director of Policy at Taylor & Francis
At a HEPI/Taylor & Francis roundtable in June 2022, several experts, including representatives from higher education institutions, advocacy organizations, trade bodies, UK Government, funders, learned societies, and publishing, explored these questions: How do we make research more usable? How do we ensure research benefits all stakeholders? Is it enough simply to make the outputs of research openly available?
by Victoria Gardner, Director of Policy, Taylor & Francis
As Open Access (OA) becomes the norm, business, governments, and society face fewer barriers to accessing research, but are they always able to make use of what is available to them? What else could be done to realize the goals of making research accessible, efficient, and effective?
by Matt Flinders, Professor of Politics and Founding Director of the Sir Bernard Crick Centre at the University of Sheffield
The "third space" is the sphere that exists between knowledge creation and knowledge mobilization. In this article, Matt Flinders argues that, without thinking about the architecture needed to facilitate effective mobility across this "third space", we risk any additional public investment in research, development, and innovation going to waste.
Are research-policy engagement activities informed by policy theory and evidence? 7 Challenges to the UK impact agenda
by Anna Hopkins, et al. in Policy Design and Practice
In this article, the authors ask "In what should we invest if we seek to maximize the impact of research?" and map the activities of 346 organizations investing in research-policy engagement to examine how their aims compare with their outcomes.
by R.A. Salmon and R.K. Priestly in Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand
The New Zealand government has recently announced initiatives and aspirations for greater public engagement in science. In this paper, the authors explore how these initiatives and aspirations might be implemented and achieved in practice.
by Debashish Munshi, Priya Kurian, Raven Cretney, Sandra L. Morrison, and Lyn Kathlene in Environmental Communication
Arguing for a greater emphasis on culture in climate communication, the authors of this article construct a culture-centered framework for a deliberative approach to public engagement on climate change. The framework has the potential to reframe environmental communication on climate change by highlighting the specific contexts of people’s lived experiences.
In this video, shot for Evidence Week, Research Fellow Joanna Depledge from the Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy, and Natural Resource Governance (C-EENRG), and former editor of Climate Policy, discusses research showing how public acceptance led to the success of climate policies.
The role and contribution of publishers
by Katherine Burton, Routledge Journals (Humanities, Media and the Arts)
Finding ways to navigate an increasingly digitally complex research and publishing ecosystem can be a challenge, but it also presents a wonderful opportunity for those involved in scholarly communication to support new research practices. How might publishers work alongside scholars to support this evolution and respond to needs emerging now and in the future?
by Daniel Fisher, National Humanities Alliance
In this blog post, Daniel Fisher provides a summary of publicly engaged humanities work that Humanities for All has compiled from colleges and universities across the U.S. over the last 10 years. Examining 1,500 initiatives, Humanities for All has discovered five distinct types of engagement, which Fisher explains “serve as a structure for articulating the public value of the humanities to students, parents, administrators, and elected officials, (that) can articulate the range of ways in which the humanities are addressing society’s pressing concerns, broadening perceptions of what humanities work can involve and impact."
by Kath Burton, Daniel Fisher
In this working paper, Kath Burton and Daniel Fisher explore the challenges associated with the publication of publicly engaged work in the humanities, and provide model practices to illustrate how publicly engaged work can ultimately lead to successful publication and feed into institutional credit and reward mechanisms.
The Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) is the UK’s only think tank focusing exclusively on higher education.
Established in 2002, HEPI is a UK-wide, independent, and non-partisan organization funded by organizations and universities that wish to see a vibrant higher education debate. HEPI is playing a key role in shaping the debate through evidence around the future development of higher education in the UK.
HEPI’s objectives are to promote research into and understanding of all aspects of higher education and to disseminate the useful results of such research for the education and benefit of policy makers and the general public in the UK.
We're thrilled to be partners with HEPI in order to work with their extensive network of thought leaders and policy advisors on solutions to global challenges.
The European Alliance for Social Sciences and Humanities (EASSH) is the largest advocacy and science policy organization for the social sciences and humanities in Europe.
EASSH aims to promote and strengthen the social sciences and humanities in Europe, providing channels and platforms for effectively communicating expertise on policy, programs, and results to decision makers and public officials.
The alliance has over 65 member organizations including a wide range of disciplinary areas, stakeholders, and universities from across Europe - and encompassing over 100,000 researchers.
Taylor & Francis works with EASSH to bring focused expertise from across the social sciences and humanities to bear on public debate, so as to strengthen European research and improve interactions among public and private partners.
Founded in 2002, Sense about Science is an independent charity that challenges misrepresentation of science and evidence in public life. They advocate openness and honesty about research, and ensure the public interest in sound science and evidence is recognized in public debates and policymaking.
We're pleased to partner with Sense about Science to promote sound science and evidence in public debates and policymaking.
Every researcher wants their work to have an impact, whether that’s in the world of academia, in society, or both. Read our guide to creating, capturing, and evaluating the impact of research.