Is research impact predictable?

A series of diverse and thought-provoking discussions with leading regional and global experts to understand the challenges in nurturing and capturing research impact.
There is a perception in science and policy management that challenges in capturing impact limit our capacity to better innovate. But growing evidence shows that better innovations stem from cultural changes, co-design, co-production, trans disciplinarity, collaborations, diverse and skilled workforce. By measuring our productivity in these areas, can we predict what our impact will be?

Webinar 2 | New ideas for evaluating research investments
  • May 21, 6pm EDT / May 22, 8am AEST
  • May 22, 10am EDT / 3pm BST
Dr Cynthia Phillips, Decision Catalyst LLC discusses how logic models can be applied for evaluating research investments. She is an expert in measurement and evaluation and will address the multiple tactics she employs using logic models to generate and test new ideas for improving research evaluation.

Webinar 1 | Demonstrating impact of inter and transdisciplinary research
  • April 24, 1pm AEST / April 23, 8pm PDT
Professor Gabriele Bammer, The Australian National University, Australia discusses challenges with assessing and demonstrating research impact when it comes to interdisciplinary research. She will present a framework for addressing complex, real-world problems such as poverty, climate change or the cost of health care. Using her framework, she will describe the challenges of building expertise in bringing about research impact and open the discussion for robust Q&A from participating attendees.

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"Research will be reprioritised, to strengthen its foundations and bring about widespread impact through translation and use"
Australian Government, 2023

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Professor Gabriele Bammer

Gabriele Bammer is developing the new discipline of Integration and Implementation Sciences (i2S) to improve research strengths for tackling complex societal and environmental problems (see and she curates the popular Integration and Implementation Insights blog and repository. She is the inaugural President of the Global Alliance for Inter- and Transdisciplinarity (ITD-Alliance) and co-founder of the Network of Leaders of Interdisciplinary and Transdisciplinary Research Organisations (NITRO-Oceania).

Dr Cynthia Phillips

Cynthia Phillips has her PhD in evaluation, measurement and research and served as an Evaluation Manager and Acting Chief Evaluation Office for the National Science Foundation where she helped leading scientists and decision makers from the U.S. and abroad ask and address better, more actionable questions. She is the author of The W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Logic Model Development Guide (2000, 2004) and The Logic Model Guidebook: Better Strategies for Great Results (2008, 2013). She is an at-large member of the Board of the American Evaluation Association.

Jean-Francois Desvignes

Jean-Francois Desvignes is Senior Consultant for Clarivate Consulting team in Australia with 20 years of experience sharing insight from science and innovation intelligence with clients in various sectors, such as government, corporate, health, and higher education. Jean-Francois has a background in research policy and management in Australia and internationally, with experience as a Senior Project Manager in the Science division of the Queensland Government, Deputy Director of the Forum for European-Australian Science and Technology Cooperation and a National Contact Point for the EU Framework.

Simon Thomson

Simon Thomson is Senior Manager for Clarivate Academic and Government Consulting Practice in the UK and Europe. Simon has over a decade’s experience leading research evaluations, policy analyses and bibliometric studies for public and private sector agencies, globally. This includes collaborating with UK Research Councils, the Wellcome Trust, Universities UK, Innovative Medicines Initiative, Indian Department of Science and Technology, and the Egyptian Knowledge Bank. He has also led Clarivate’s provision of citation data to the UK Research Excellence Framework 2021.