Checklist for achieving high impact research
This checklist identify ways in which the impact of a research project could be enhanced. To use it, answer the questions below in relation to your research project:
Is the research designed to have an impact?
Is the research focused on current issues?
Does the research use a rigorous and robust methodology?
Is the research methodology appropriate for the issues being investigated?
Is the time-scale for the research appropriate? Will the findings be timely?
Are the researchers working on the project experienced and knowledgeable?
Are the research findings relevant and applicable?
- Does the research address local priorities?
- Does the research fit with national policy objectives?
- Do the research findings include clear recommendations for practice?
- Are the findings applicable to different contexts?
Are the research sponsors fully involved throughout the research?
- Are the sponsors involved from the outset?
- Are the sponsors involved throughout the research process?
- Are preferred methods of communication agreed with the sponsor?
- Are researchers responsive to the sponsors needs?
- Are researchers maintaining objectivity and appropriate distance between themselves and the sponsors?
Are policymakers, practitioners and community members involved in the research?
- Are policymakers, practitioners and/or community members represented on the steering group for the research?
- Could they be involved in research design?
- Could they be involved in data collection?
- Could they be involved in dissemination?
- Will policymakers, practitioners and community members be involved in focus groups to discuss and comment on emerging key findings?
Is the research written for impact?
- Are there clear and decisive findings?
- Does the research provide recommendations for action?
- Do the research findings add something new to the body of knowledge?
- Does the research report include wider research evidence to add weight to the recommendations?
- Are short, sharp research summaries of the research provided?
- Are there layers of details within reports, so that key points can be easily identified, and further information can be looked at only if required?
- Are the findings written in accessible, lively and engaging language?
Is the research disseminated effectively?
- Are a range of formats being used?
- Does the research appear on searchable databases?
- Is dissemination targeted at specific audiences?
- Is the research promoted at relevant events or presentations?
- Are the researchers involved in promoting their own research?
- Are local authorities made aware that the research is available?
- Is the research sent out with covering sheets that briefly explain the research and its implications?