The Research Impact Handbook
Mark S Reed
Published: 11th June 2018
This book will help you fast track the impact of your research, whether you are a PhD student or a Professor, a medieval historian or a medic. Equip yourself with evidence-based tools you can use immediately to create a step change in your impact. Fully updated and redesigned with over 100 pages of new material, the second edition is packed full of practical tips, techniques, templates, case studies and personal stories that will inspire and equip you with the skills and confidence you need to make a difference.
Mark Reed is a Professor of Socio-Technical Innovation at Newcastle University. He is a recognized international expert in research impact with >150 publications, and has won awards for the impact of his research.
Find out what's new in the second edition.
Part 1: Principles to underpin your impact
3 Five principles to fast track your impact
4 Principle 1: Design
5 Principle 2: Represent
6 Principle 3: Engage
7 Principle 4: Early Impacts
8 Principle 5: Reflect and Sustain
Part 2: Steps to fast track your impact
9 Step 1: Envision your impact
10 Step 2: Plan for impact
11 Step 3: Cut back anything hindering or distracting you from your impact
12 Step 4: Get specific about the impacts you will seek and the people who can help you
13 Step 5: Achieve your first step towards impact and monitor your success
Part 3: Tools and techniques
14 Prioritising stakeholders and publics for engagement
15 How to design events with stakeholders and members of the public
16 How to facilitate events with stakeholders and members of the public
17 Driving impact online
18 How to generate research impact from Twitter and LinkedIn
19 Presenting with impact
20 How to engage policy-makers with research: a relational approach
21 How to make a policy brief that has real impact
22 Tracking, evaluating and evidencing impact
23 Conclusion: left hanging (with the right tools for the job)
Part 4: Templates and examples
Getting testimonials to corroborate the impact of your research
Writing up an impact evaluation as a research article
Evidencing international policy impacts
How to set up a stakeholder advisory panel for your research project
How to turn your next paper into an infographic
How to write a top-scoring impact case study for the UK Research Excellence Framework
Identifying impact indicators
How to crowdfund your research to engage with the public
How to turn your research findings into a video that people actually want to watch
Public/Stakeholder Analysis: worked example
Example event facilitation plan
Praise for the handbook
"Running through this book is the passion that Reed himself clearly feels about delivering impact from his own research, and also helping others do the same. This is most definitely a book about making a difference, not pretending to."
Steven Hill, Head of Research Policy, Research England
"Reed takes a complex, intimidating subject and presents it with refreshing simplicity, coherence and vision."
Phil Ward, Deputy Director of Research Services at University of Kent, author of award-winning blog, Research Fundermentals. Read the full review.
"An indispensable resource for researchers who wish to see their work change the world for the better. Based on evidence and written with a personal touch, the Research Impact Handbook is your own mentor who explains the why and the how, with many practical resources which can be implemented right away to start making a positive impact on the world."
Dr Bec Colvin, Knowledge Exchange Specialist, University of Queensland, Australia
"As an influential scholar in his own field, Prof Reed maps the research-to-impact terrain with integrity."
Elizabeth Stokoe, Professor of Social Interaction, Associate Dean for Research, School of Social, Political and Geographical Sciences, Loughborough University
"This is the definitive A-Z of research impact. Essential reading for anyone involved in research today. This book clearly explains what research impact is, why it is important, and how researchers can achieve it; all set out in a logical, easy to read structure."
Dr Katharine Reibig, Researcher Development Policy Officer, University of Stirling
"Implementing research into policy and practice change is a complex and messy process. Mark Reed’s readable Research Impact Handbook draws together practical strategies from his own work and a wide range of sources to help researchers along the road to effective impact."
Professor Gabriele Bammer, Research School of Population Health, The Australian National University and founder of Integration and Implementation Sciences
"This handbook puts in one place a marvellous tool box and a philosophy of impact. It is refreshingly not about ‘value for money’ for ‘the taxpayer’ but about making the world a better place."
Dr Catherine Manthorpe, Head of the Research Office, University of Hertfordshire.
“As PhD students we are trained so hard to focus in specifically on our research that we sometimes forget about the bigger picture. This book will help you think radically about how your research can be used in ways you have probably never considered before, so you can achieve impact without distracting you from your PhD”.
Grant Campbell, PhD student, James Hutton Institute and Cranfield University