I’m reading a book about research impact at the moment. (We have a copy in the library, but I’ve also got it on Kindle, so I have no excuse not to plough right through it!) I must admit, there are moments when I metaphorically kick myself under the table, because some of the advice is basically common sense. But, if it’s common sense, why didn’t I think of it? So it’s a good idea to get reminded of the obvious things whilst simultaneously getting plenty of fresh ideas, and just generally making sure that impact is built into this research network right from the very start.
So, here are the first questions, quoted directly from my new guru (Mark S. Reed, author of the Research Impact Handbook, pp.72-73):-
- “What aspects of [our] research might be interesting or useful to someone?…”
- “Could [our] research help address these needs [ie, issues, policy areas … trends]?”
- Can our research help remove barriers that are currently inhibiting these areas?
- If we know who might benefit from our research, can we identify “what aspects of [our] research they are likely to be most interested in?” Could we make it even more relevant?
- So, what changes could our research effect?
- And do we know who would benefit and who we should guard against disadvantaging?
Please don’t leave these questions hanging in the air! I’m looking for answers, and I’m keen to engage with other researchers interested in similar issues in this curious world where musicology, book history and library history meet with legal deposit on the one hand, and individual music-makers on the other. Do share your views!